Number of mobile testing units to more than double

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Source: BBC News

The number of mobile Covid-19 testing units in the UK will more than double over coming weeks, with the military earmarked to staff many facilities. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said 1,763 personnel will support the 236 units. There were 96 units in April.

"Testing is at the heart of the strategy for beating coronavirus", said Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.The government has been challenged over its testing capacity and the data given during the pandemic.

Mobile units, which can be set up in under 20 minutes, provide access to testing, often in more remote areas. Swabs are collected by military personnel on site and taken to one of three "mega labs" to be processed, with results expected within 48 hours.

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