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Rapid testing due to start in Millfield and Ravensthorpe

Rapid testing is due to start in Peterborough from Wednesday, December 23.
Community testing is being rolled out in areas where levels of the virus are highest (Photo: Terry Harris)

The MP for Peterborough, Paul Bristow, revealed that Peterborough City Council is to begin its rapid testing programme by invitation only, targeting two specific areas of the city.

Residents of Millfield - around Cromwell Road, Russell Street, Craig Street and Cobden Avenue - will be able to visit St Marks Church Hall on Wednesday December 23 and Wednesday December 30.

Rapid testing will also be carried out in Ravensthorpe - around Hartwell Way, Raleigh Way, White Cross, Smallwood and Deaconscroft - at Stafford Hall in Hampton Court. The days for this testing push are Tuesday December 29 and Thursday December 31.

The people of Peterborough cannot sign up to be involved in this programme; people will be invited to participate. 

Mr Bristow said that the combination of rapid testing and the vaccination programme were "solid reasons for optimism about the future".

Urging people in approved areas to be tested, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "Community testing will be very important in helping the areas where levels of the virus are highest to drive down infection rates and ultimately will help areas ease tougher restrictions."