It is vital there is access to testing where it is needed the most. Steps have been taken by the Government to increase testing capacity, helping us to get to a point where everybody who wants to get tested is able to get tested. This has previously been difficult due to a shortage of the reagents needed for testing, but the Governments new testing strategy has seen a rapid increase in the scale of tests available.
We have expanded eligibility so that now, anyone who is displaying symptoms can be tested. There is a drive-through centre in Curtis Way, Rochester, where the majority of people will be tested, but home testing kits can also be ordered. A mobile testing unit will be moving around the county and will show up at a test location on the booking system if if is nearby and available.