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Nottinghamshire offered mass coronavirus testing with results within an hour

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Nottinghamshire has been offered mass coronavirus testing that can reveal results in up to 15 minutes.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said:

‘Last week we rolled out mass testing in Liverpool using new, rapid technology so we can detect this virus quicker than ever before, even in people who don’t have symptoms. Mass testing is a vital tool to help us control this virus and get life more normal.

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‘I am delighted to say 10,000 of these tests will now be sent out by NHS Test and Trace to over 50 directors of public health as part of our asymptomatic testing strategy. I want to thank all directors of public health for their support and efforts over the past months to help us tackle this virus, bring it under control and get the country back to what we love doing.’

Alison Challenger,  Director of Public Health in Nottingham, said: “Nottingham has been approached to be included in the new testing programme for Covid-19 that is being rolled out across the country.

“We are waiting for more information from the Government and will work with partners in the city to understand how we could use this to benefit our communities.

“Cases of Covid-19 have been falling in Nottingham. People have been following the ‘hands/face/space’ guidance and we’ve worked hard as a city to stick to the restrictions set out in Tier 2 and 3 – and now as part of the national lockdown.

“We will look at how best we could incorporate this additional testing as part of our city’s ongoing response to Covid-19.”

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said: “We can confirm that Nottinghamshire has been offered a supply of lateral flow tests.

“It’s too early to comment on how this will be deployed across the county, but we welcome any measures that strengthen our test and trace capabilities.”