More than 44,000 people have come forward to be tested for coronavirus as part of Liverpool’s mass testing operation.
Mayor Joe Anderson has confirmed today that the total number of new Lateral Flow tests carried out since the pilot scheme began in the city on Friday lunchtime is 44,233.
And he said that of that number, 249 people have been found to be positive for coronavirus.
That is 249 people who did not have symptoms and who otherwise would have been unlikely to get tested.
The city leader also gave some information on when people should get tested for a second time.
On twitter he said: “Busy at all of our testing centres today, total tested as of 12.00 pm today 44,233. 220 positive.
“Please get tested and if you have thank you. Please wait a week and get tested again let’s do it for our family our community and our City.”
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Speaking to the ECHO he said he expected the mass testing operation to continue for the whole month of November.
He said: “We need to use the whole month while we are in lockdown to break the chain of transmission.
“Already we have located 220 people who have the virus and did not know they had it.
“Those people will now be isolating and not passing it on to hundreds more people in the city, so this is clearly helping us to manage the virus.
“We need as many people to come forward for a test as possible and if you have already been tested, we need you to get tested again.”
The latest figures come as new research suggests the Lateral Flow tests on offer in Liverpool are effective at locating the virus in people.
Scientific analysis has indicated that the tests can produce results in under half an hour without the need for laboratory equipment and have been shown to have over 99.6% specificity, the Department of Health and Social Care said.
The evaluation said they are suitable to be used in the community, including for testing asymptomatic people who are not showing signs of coronavirus infection.
Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at Oxford, said: “The data in this validation report demonstrates that these inexpensive, easy to use tests can play a major role in our fight against Covid-19.
“They identify those who are likely to spread the disease and when used systematically in mass testing could reduce transmissions by 90%.
“They will be detecting disease in large numbers of people who have never previously even received a test.”
Where can you get tested?
If you are asymptomatic (without symptoms) you can get tested at the following locations which will be open from 7am to 7pm each day:
· Aintree Baptist Church, Longmoor Lane, L9 0EH
· Bridge Community Centre, Daneville Road, L4 9RG
· Croxteth Sports Centre, Altcross Road, L11 0BS
· Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock, L3 4FP
· Greenbank Sports Academy, Greenbank Lane, L17 1AG
· Lifestyles Alsop Fitness Centre, 1 Walton Village, L4 6RW
· Lifestyles Austin Rawlinson, Conleach Road, Speke, L24 0TR
· Lifestyles Ellergreen, Ellergreen Road, L11 2XY
· Liverpool FC Anfield Stadium, L4 0TH
· Lifestyles Garston, Long Lane, L19 6PE
· Lifestyles Park Road, Steble Street, L8 6QH
· Lifestyles Walton, Walton Hall Park, L4 9XP
· Liverpool Hope University Sports Centre, Hope Park, Taggart Avenue, L169JD
· Liverpool Tennis Centre, Wellington Road, L15 4LE
· LJMU IM Marsh Sports Centre, Holmefield Road, L19 3PE
· Merseyside Caribbean Centre, Amberley Street, Toxteth, L8 1YJ
· St Stephen’s Church Hall, Belle Vale Rd, L25 2PQ
· St Johns Market, Liverpool city centre
· University of Liverpool gym, Bedford Street North, L69 7ZN
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While there is no need to bool, you can use this real time map before you visit a centre which lets you see how busy the centres are.
There is of course also testing for people with symptoms. It is essential that people who have symptoms do not to attend the pilot test centres.
Instead, if you do have Covid-19 symptoms you will need to go to a mobile testing unit. To access these test centres, you will need to book your test via the online NHS test check.