James Brokenshire has welcomed that Bexley will benefit from the Government’s latest expansion of Covid-19 testing.
The Prime Minister has announced that 600,000 rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests will be sent out by NHS Test and Trace to local public health leaders –including in Bexley.
In total, tests will be issued to over 50 local health directors across England, as part of the next phase of the government’s plan to expand asymptomatic testing for Covid-19. Each area will receive an initial batch of 10,000 rapid tests as part of a new pilot to enable them to start testing priority groups.
As part of this offer, the Health Secretary has written to all upper tier local authority leaders, confirming that all local health directors will be offered a weekly allocation of rapid-turnaround tests, equivalent to 10 per cent of their population, building on existing partnerships between NHS Test and Trace and local leaders.
This innovative new testing technology –which is already being rolled out in Liverpool –can provide results within an hour without needing to be processed in a lab.
Proactively testing asymptomatic individuals will help identify those who unknowingly have the virus and enable those who test positive and their contacts to self-isolate, which can help drive down the R rate locally and save lives.
Commenting, James said:
“I am very pleased that Bexley has been chosen as one of the areas for the next phase of mass testing which will help drive down Covid-19 levels locally.”
“We have already reached a major milestone for testing –delivering on our target capacity of 500,000 a day.”
“Mass testing will play a crucial role in tackling coronavirus, and it is excellent to see the Government deploying these new rapid-turnaround tests which can help identify thousands of people who don’t have symptoms but can still infect others without knowing.”