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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Liverpool has been running a mass coronavirus testing pilot over the past month - and getting lots of headlines along the way. The government has been full of praise for the way the city has taken to the asymptomatic mass testing and local leaders believe the system has helped to isolate more cases and bring numbers down. But what about the rest of the city region? Earlier this month, the government said mass testing would be rolled out to a large number of other areas in the country - including the other boroughs of the Liverpool City Region. Since that point, we haven't heard much about the planned launch of asymptomatic testing in those boroughs, Our Local Democracy Reporters have been chasing down answers on when each of our boroughs may see these tests being made available for the public. Liverpool As we know, Liverpool was the first part of the country to trial mass testing for covid-19. This scheme saw, for the first time, people without symptoms being offered quickfire Lateral Flow testing, with 2,000 members of the armed forces being drafted in to help with the project. So far, more than 1,000 positive tests have been located amongst this asymptomatic testing - with those involved urged to self-isolate to break further chains of transmission. Read More Related Articles Sign up for the free Liverpool Echo newsletters Read More Related Articles The Liverpool Echo has a free app and here's how to download it As we revealed last week, the armed forces will remain in Liverpool for most of December, running testing sites. When they leave, a continued mass testing operation will remain in the city. The armed forces have been training local people to be able to continue running around 15 mass testing centres into the new year and beyond. Wirral Wirral Council has not confirmed when testing for asymptomatic people in the borough will begin. On November 19, councillors in the authority’s social care and public health committee voted to provide 10,000 rapid-turnaround tests to symptom-free people in the borough. But Wirral Council said it still cannot give any update on exactly when the testing regime will begin. Mass testing in Liverpool is seen as one of the reasons for a huge reduction in the city’s coronavirus infection rate. Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, took to Twitter to tell his followers that in the last seven days alone 134 Covid-19 cases were detected by lateral flow tests of asymptomatic people. Mayor Anderson added that the city’s infection rate is now at 99 per 100,000, an enormous drop from a peak of over 760 per 100,000 on October 8. Wirral never had such a high infection rate, it peaked at 306 on October 22 but has now fallen to just 60 per 100,000. Knowsley Knowsley Council has still not received its allocation of 10,000 rapid coronavirus tests three weeks after the government announced it would deliver them. The council was due to receive the tests, followed by a weekly allocation equivalent to 10% of the borough’s population, as part of a pilot programme involving 50 local authorities across the country. The tests, known as lateral flow tests, can provide a result within 30 minutes and were intended to expand testing capacity and identify people with asymptomatic Covid-19. Read More Related Articles Sefton taxi and private hire drivers to be given one-off payment by the council On Thursday (November 26), Knowsley Council said the tests still hadn’t arrived and the local authority was still planning how it would use them. On Monday (November 30), a council spokesperson said there had been no update since Thursday. Last week, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care said a “logistics issue” had delayed delivery of many of the lateral flow tests, with only 150,000 out of a planned total of 500,000 being delivered nationally. Sefton Sefton Council says "plans are coming together" for mass asymptomatic coronavirus testing to be rolled out across the borough. With 10,000 tests expected to be made available to Sefton each week, the council says these will need to be targeted where they will have the most effect. The focus is likely to be on hospices and hostels where there are vulnerable residents, as well as front line workers likely to be exposed to the virus. Coronavirus testing for people not showing any symptoms was launched in Liverpool with the support of 2,000 army personnel. People living, working or attending schools in the city, including some Sefton residents, are still being encouraged to get tested regularly.
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. She said: “With significantly fewer tests available to us, we need to devise a plan for using them where they will deliver the greatest benefit using the resources we have available. Find coronavirus cases where you live "This is why we are focusing on places where vulnerable people are living and the staff working with them. "Targeting locations where there are people for whom the Covid-19 could prove most dangerous and even fatal, will help to prevent the spread of infections and save lives.” People receiving a negative result through the testing scheme are being reminded they still need to follow any restrictions in place to stop the spread of the virus. Margaret Jones continued: “A negative result is not a passport to bypassing the restrictions and rules we’re all following because really it only means you’re not infectious on the day you take the test. "
Liverpool's covid infection rate drops below 100 in key milestone Anyone who receives a positive test result through the scheme must isolate for 10 days. People who are eligible can apply for a one-off, £500 Test and Trace Support Payment. Sefton has walk-through testing sites for people with symptoms at Bootle Town Hall, Crosby Library Car Park, Netherton Activity Centre and Southport Town Hall. Open from 8am to 8pm daily, these sites enable people who do not have access to a car to get tested. Mobile testing units are also available at locations across Sefton almost every day.Halton Halton has still not received 10,000 rapid coronavirus tests promised by the government three weeks ago. The tests, known as lateral flow tests and able to provide a result within 30 minutes, were due to be sent to the council as part of plans to increase testing capacity and identify people with asymptomatic Covid-19. However, while the the test kits were supposed to arrive by November 13, a spokesperson for Halton Council said on Monday that they had still not been delivered. The spokesperson said: "We have started to receive some equipment, but haven’t received the test kits themselves – we are told their arrival is imminent.
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