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Soldiers deployed to Pontins in Ainsdale to roll out mass coronavirus testing programme in Liverpool

Soldiers deployed to Pontins in Ainsdale to roll out mass coronavirus testing programme in Liverpool

by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

SOLDIERS have been deployed to Pontins in Ainsdale to help roll out a mass coronavirus testing programme in Liverpool.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and Liverpool's local leaders revealed earlier this week that the city will trial out the new testing scheme - and everybody who lives and works in the city will be eligible for a test.

It is understood around 2,000 military personnel will be staying in the area including Pontins during their time working on the 'moonshot' programme in Merseyside. The armed forces have been aiding the government response to the outbreak since the start of the pandemic.

Interim executive chair of the National Institute for Health Protection Baroness, Dido Harding said: “Mass testing has the potential to enable us to find the vast majority of people who have coronavirus, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not, and therefore dramatically enhance our ability to stop the spread of the virus.

“This first deployment of whole city testing in Liverpool is a really important step forward and is thanks to the big increase in testing capacity and our investment in new testing technologies.

“NHS Test and Trace will continue to work closely with local leaders, directors of public health and the Armed Forces to ensure Liverpool residents and workers can benefit from these advances.

“By everyone in Liverpool coming forward to get tested, and isolating if they need to, we have a real opportunity to make a massive difference.”

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