Coventry will be mass tested for Covid-19 as part of a new pilot to expand asymptomatic testing.

The government has this morning (Tuesday, November 10) announced 600,000 lateral flow tests to kick-start a significant national expansion of coronavirus testing.

It comes after an initial trial run ran in Liverpool last Friday and saw more than 23,000 tested for the virus with 154 returning positive.

A further 66 councils have taken up the offer of the new lateral flow tests, which have a result turnaround time of under an hour.

Coventry City Council is one of those to join the pilot and will receive an initial batch of 10,000 antigen lateral flow devices to start testing priority groups.

The initial roll-out will be followed up with a weekly allocation of lateral flow antigen tests equivalent to 10 per cent of an areas population meaning around 32,000 in Coventry.
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