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Peterborough's coronavirus testing centre opens

Peterborough's East of England Arena and Events Centre has opened up its drive-through coronavirus testing facility for keyworkers.
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A similar testing centre set up at Edgebaston Cricket ground in Birmingham for key workers (Picture: PA Media)

The facility, which opened on Friday, allows thousands more PCR swab tests - which are used to identify if you currently have the virus - for critical key workers. This means those who test negative for coronavirus can return to work as soon as possible, and those who test positive are able to recover. 

The UK government announced Coronavirus tests for key workers, extending it to the NHS staff as well as carers, police and fire services. 

The facility, which will be operated with Boots and G4S, will be piloted for its first few days of operation and will operate on an appointment-only basis for NHS staff and other key workers. This follows the launch of the government’s partnership with universities, research institutes and companies to begin rollout of the network of new labs and field testing sites across the UK. 

A statement on the arena website said: "Essential workers using the new portal can enter their details and will then receive a text or email the same day inviting them to book an appointment at one of more than 30 drive-through testing sites across the country, or to receive a home testing kit.

"Test results from the drive-through sites will be sent out by text within 48hrs, and within 72hrs of collection of the home delivery tests."

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock has stated that the government is aiming to fulfil 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month.

He said: “We are making it easier, faster and simpler for any essential worker in England who needs a test to get a test. From today, employers of essential workers will be able to go on gov.uk to get a test for any of their staff who need a test. And from tomorrow, any essential workers who need a test will be able to book an appointment themselves directly. This all applies for people in essential workers’ households who need a test too. It’s all part of getting Britain back on her feet.”

Do not ring the centre to book tests. Follow this link for information on booking a test: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested