1 in 30 rapid covid tests in Leicester coming back positive

Public health officials have released the results of the first 1,000 rapid coronavirus tests being carried out in Leicester.

The city council is offering the lateral flow tests to people without symptoms in a bid to try to prevent people unwittingly spreading Covid-19.

The kits, which give a result within an hour, are available at a new walk-in testing centre which opened at the Fosse Neighbourhood Centre in Mantle Road, Newfoundpool, on Thursday.

Latest figures show that, so far, 1,055 people have taken a test and 35 of them were positive.

That is one in 30 people testing positive for the virus and a figure that the city council says is slightly higher than it anticipated when it began the testing.

Those who have test positive with a lateral flow kit are asked to self-isolate and also take a more accurate PCR test as confirmation of the result.

The Fosse Neighbourhood Centre testing unit will be open every day throughout December, apart from December 24 to 28 and January 1.

A city council spokesperson said: “The centre is being very well used and we are experiencing some queues in the morning, so we ask people to be patient when they go.

“Anyone who has symptoms should book a test in the usual way at one of the city’s other testing sites.”

Council staff are knocking on doors in the area inviting people to take tests.

They say it is part of their effort to ‘search out’ the virus in the city, particularly in hotspot areas, and try to break the chain of transmission as infection numbers have been edging upwards in the run-up to Christmas.

Leicester’s director of public health Professor Ivan Browne said: “The rapid tests are another tool for us in our bid to search out the virus and stop it spreading. Being able to identify people who have no symptoms but may be unknowingly passing the virus on to others – in less than an hour – will be a big help in stopping the spread and will ultimately save lives.

“Of course it’s still vital that we all continue to follow the rules, wash our hands regularly, observe social distancing and wear a face covering when required.”

The city is working its way through an initial 36,000 test kits sent by the Department of Health and Social Care and will receive up to 30,000 tests each week, depending on take-up.

Further lateral flow testing units will be set up in other hotspot areas of the city from January.

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News