The first day of Liverpool’s mass testing pilot ran “very smoothly,” for the most half, mentioned Matt Ashton, director of public well being for Liverpool metropolis council.
“It was good, it wasn’t perfect, but we’ll improve it,” he instructed BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Saturday.
The metropolis in the north of England is aiming to check as much as 50,000 individuals a day as soon as absolutely operational.
There have been some hiccups with the operation nevertheless, as some individuals claimed they have been made to line up for exams alongside individuals they did not know had signs of the virus.
The UK authorities hopes to test the entire population of the metropolis — nearly 500,000 individuals — in 10 days.
Liverpool has some of the highest infection rates in Britain. Weekly cases at present stand at 410.Four per 100,000, as of October 25, in line with authorities knowledge.
Liverpool soccer star Trent Alexander-Arnold despatched a message to the individuals of his native metropolis on Friday.
“Let’s start the fightback against Covid, let’s get tested,” he mentioned in a video posted on the membership’s official Twitter account.