West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called on local councils and the Health Secretary to prioritise West Lancashire for the new Community Testing Programme being rolled out.

On Monday, the Secretary Matt Hancock set out details of a new Community Testing Programme to help local areas detect asymptomatic cases, suppress the virus and offer a route out of the toughest restrictions.

Local Authorities in Tier 3 can apply to take part in the new Community Testing Programme for an initial period of six weeks, to complement their wider local strategies to tackle the virus.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“My West Lancashire constituents have endured lengthy spells of restrictions and are eager to do what they can to come out of them quickly, and safely.

“That is why I have written to the Health Secretary, Lancashire County Council and West Lancashire Borough Council urging them to ensure that we are one of the first areas to take up this extra testing to help us learn more about where the Covid is spreading locally, bring down the infection rates, reduce transmissions which will mean it’s both safer for residents and that local businesses can get back on their feet.

“Although we have seen rapidly reducing rates locally, West Lancashire was still placed under Tier 3 restrictions by Government. This mass testing programme could be West Lancashire’s route to Tiers 2 and 1.”

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