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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

More than 13,000 rapid community tests for Covid-19 have been carried out across Leicestershire

Rapid tests are being offered six days a week at seven sites across the county.

A member of the public taking a coronavirus test in Wigston Fields
A member of the public taking a coronavirus test in Wigston Fields

More than 13,000 rapid community tests for Covid-19 have now been taken, across the county's seven sites.  

Testing for all those who can’t work from home is being offered six days a week at centres in Wigston, Blaby, Swannington, Loughborough, Hinckley, Melton Mowbray and Market Harborough.  

Testing is also available to everyone living in Greenhill, Hugglescote, Snibston and Whitwick, even those who work from home. This is because rates of infection are higher in these areas. 

Now schools are reopening, twice-weekly tests at the sites are also open to households and bubbles of school pupils and staff.

So far, 13,143 tests have been carried out across the seven sites and a total of 153 people have tested positive for Covid-19 – despite having no symptoms. Positive tests have been recorded at every one of the district testing locations.  

In North West Leicestershire, 1.8% of rapid tests are coming back positive, compared with the county average of 1.2%  - while 10% of tests are showing as positive among people with symptoms. 

One in three people who have coronavirus show no symptoms, and rapid lateral flow testing, led by the council’s public health team, can help to quickly identify individuals and stop the spread of infection. 

Rapid testing is ONLY for those who are eligible, who don’t have symptoms and aren’t already isolating – if you do have symptoms, or you have been told to self isolate, then you should not attend.  

Rapid testing of those without symptoms is a vital part of the fight against Covid-19 and the fact that we have seen over 150 people test positive despite having no symptoms proves just how important it is. 

The fact that those 153 people tested positive and then went into self-isolation, saved many more people in Leicestershire becoming infected. Without the lateral flow tests, these people would have been completely unaware they had the virus and could have gone on to spread it to work colleagues, family and the wider public. It has been good to see so many people attending regularly for testing and I would urge others to do the same.

I’d also like to thank all the staff who are working so hard to ensure that our testing sites run smoothly and efficiently.

Nick Rushton, leader of Leicestershire County Council

The lateral flow tests are self-administered at an approved test site – and you can leave the site straight after you have taken your swab. Results will be sent out by text or email by the end of that day. Sites will be open 6 days each week. 

Anyone who is eligible for the tests can book at leicestershire.gov.uk/covidtest 

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