Tamworth MP welcomes expansion of asymptomatic testing

Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher welcomed the news the town is to benefit from the Government’s latest expansion of asymptomatic testing, as part its Covid Winter Plan.

More than 1.6 million rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests have been deployed for use this month in areas including in Tamworth & Lichfield.

More than 100 local authorities are currently engaged with the programme, which run for a minimum of six weeks, with more rollouts due to begin over the coming weeks and into the new year.

Community testing builds on the 1.5 million rapid-turnaround testing kits that have been delivered to 90 local authorities across all levels of tier restrictions, expanding the capacity for asymptomatic testing.

Proactively testing asymptomatic individuals will help identify those who unknowingly have the virus, breaking the chains of transmission in communities where infections are highest and offer a route out for those areas living under the toughest restrictions as we work to keep the virus under control.

Mr Pincher MP said: “While we continue to make fantastic progress on the rollout of a vaccine, we cannot afford to become complacent about the threat of coronavirus, which continues to remain a real danger within our communities.

“Community testing is one of the most powerful tools we have to break the chain of transmission and drive down the infection rate in areas like ours where the virus remains prevalent, and I would encourage everyone in our area to get tested so together we can keep the virus under control.”

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