Liverpool’s Mayor Joe Anderson has said a total of around 90,000 people have been tested for coronavirus in the city since a mass testing operation began on Friday, November 6.
Liverpool is the first place in the country to trial such a mass testing programme and it includes new quickfire Lateral Flow tests for asymptomatic people as well as the existing PCR swab tests available at mobile sites in the city.
In a tweet, Mayor Anderson said that as of today, 50,000 of the Lateral Flow tests had been carried out.
And he said that since Friday, a further 40,000 people have been tested at the existing mobile units in the city.
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While the new quickfire testing technology has been at the forefront of the pilot, the idea is to combine this with the existing testing facilities in a bid to get as many people in the city to be tested for covid-19.
The existing mobile units are used for anyone with symptoms but those without symptoms can be directed to drive-in sites from the national website if they select the drive-in option.
40,000 home testing kits have also been issued to residents who may not be able to get out for a test.
So far today we have not been given an update of how many positive results have been located within the asymptomatic testing.
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Yesterday that number stood at 249.
Tweeting today, Mayor Anderson said: “50,000 people have been tested by lateral flow tests & a further 40,000 have been tested at the mobile testing units across the city. 90,000 through 34 testing sites. Thank you to those who have taken part,please get tested and get tested again after 7 days. Let’s #BREAKTHECHAIN”
Yesterday he told the ECHO that the pilot of the mass testing would be continuing throughout November as the city battles to bring its infections down before a potential easing of the national lockdown in early December.
The mass testing project is being supported by around 2,000 armed forces personnel who are operating facilities all around the city.
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
While there is no need to book, 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 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.