Mass testing programme begins at leisure centre to find asymptomatic Covid carriers

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Mass community testing has started at a Nottinghamshire leisure centre in a bid to drive down transmission rates.

Testing at Carlton Forum Leisure Centre is for anyone not showing Covid symptoms and got under way on Tuesday, February 23.

Around one in three people who test positive for the virus have no symptoms and the aim of mass testing is to find people who are asymptomatic, who can then isolate.

Rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests are a new type of technology and provide results in an hour. They do not require a laboratory to process the test.

Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke, said: “We are very happy to be supporting the NHS with the opening of this site in Carlton.

"We hope that this facility will play an important role in reducing the number of people who are carrying the virus without knowing and spreading it to others.

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