UK Armed force supplies logistical assistance for county-wide programme of screening.
Wales’s first mass testing program is being presented in Merthyr Tydfil District.
Merthyr is the first county in Wales to participate in the UK’s mass screening plan following the recent pilot in Liverpool.
The UK Government-supported mass screening programme will see using Lateral Circulation Devices which can provide outcomes within around 20-30 minutes. If a specific tests favorable via an LFD test, they will then have a swab test and will be asked to return house so they can self-isolate immediately.
The roll-out of mass screening in Merthyr is being performed with the help of more than 160 UK Armed force workers who are supporting regional authorities established the mass testing programme quickly.
All citizens will be used repeat C-19 testing, even if asymptomatic, to assist find more positive cases and break the chains of transmission. The first screening site opened at Merthyr Tydfil leisure centre on 21 November with additional sites due to open later on this month.
Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart stated:
Mass screening is hugely essential in our continued battle versus the virus and the UK Federal government has been working night and day to deliver capability right across the UK.
At the very same time, the UK Army has supplied essential assistance and additional proficiency to our NHS and ambulance service in Wales throughout the pandemic.
Working along with the local council, Welsh Federal government and the NHS, the considerable support the UK Government is now providing to present Wales’ very first mass-testing program in Merthyr reveals, once again, that we are better tackling the coronavirus unified throughout the 4 nations of the UK and making the best use of our shared resources.
The program is being delivered through a partnership between the UK Federal Government, Welsh Government, Merthyr Tydfil County District Council and Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.
Locals and employees in Merthyr can learn how to access tests by checking out www.merthyr.gov.uk/covidtesting
Published 21 November2020