Gedling leader welcomes news that mass testing will be rolled out in Notts

 Gedling leader welcomes news that mass testing will be rolled out in Notts
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The leader of Gedling Borough Council John Clarke has welcomed news that 20,000 rapid tests are soon expected to be rolled out in Nottinghamshire, following a trial in Liverpool. 

It is expected the testing kits – which can give a result within the hour – will be sent out to top-level local councils this week. 

However, it is not yet clear exactly when the testing will start, or how the scheme will be administered. 

Further details are expected to be made public today (Tuesday, November 10).

Jonathan Gribbin is the Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, and said: “We can confirm that Nottinghamshire has been offered a supply of lateral flow tests.

“It’s too early to comment on how this will be deployed across the county, but we welcome any measures that strengthen our test and trace capabilities.”

Alison Challenger,  Director of Public Health in Nottingham, said: “Nottingham has been approached to be included in the new testing programme for Covid-19 that is being rolled out across the country.

“We are waiting for more information from the Government and will work with partners in the city to understand how we could use this to benefit our communities.

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PICTURED: Gedling Borough Council leader John Clarke

“Cases of Covid-19 have been falling in Nottingham. People have been following the ‘hands/face/space’ guidance and we’ve worked hard as a city to stick to the restrictions set out in Tier 2 and 3 – and now as part of the national lockdown.

“We will look at how best we could incorporate this additional testing as part of our city’s ongoing response to Covid-19.”

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The leader of Gedling Borough Council, John Clarke, said: “I understand that the government last night, informed our colleagues at Nottinghamshire County Council about this new mass testing roll out and we are now waiting for an update on what involvement we will have and when the testing will start.

“We welcome anything that will help us to continue to reduce the rate of infection in the borough, which is still too high compared to the national average.

“We have already offered our services to the County Council to pilot door to door testing and we are here, ready and able to do whatever is needed to fight this pandemic.”

Gedling MP, Tom Randall also welcomed the news.

He said: “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 across Nottinghamshire which can help identify thousands of people who don’t have symptoms but can still infect others without knowing.”

Labour MP for Nottingham East, Nadia Whittome, which covers Mapperley, was more cautious.

She said: “I’m seeking further details on implementation and time scales as well as assurances on local funding to support the full rollout for all residents, so none of my constituents miss out.”

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