Leicester lockdown: Door-to-door Covid-19 tests run for first time

Posted by Carolina Plugaru on

Woman taking a covid-19 test

(Source: BBC News)

Door-to-door coronavirus testing is being carried out in Leicester - the first such move in the UKNHS teams and volunteers are in affected areas of the city dropping off test kits for people even if they do not have symptoms. A local lockdown was enforced in Leicester on 29 June after a spike in coronavirus cases.

Deepa Chauhan, one of those tested in the new scheme, said it was "pretty simple, but strange".City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, said increased testing was the only way to reduce the infection rate.Since the local lockdown began, eight fixed test centres have opened across the city where up to 2,000 tests have been carried out daily.

People are also being encouraged to attend pop-up test sites or order kits online.  Ivan Brown, director of public health at Leicester City Council, said he hoped the doorstep tests would increase the number to 3,000. "We cannot afford to be complacent," he said.

Read more on BBC News

← Older Post Newer Post →