West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has warmly welcomed the news from the Lancashire Resilience Forum that testing for people without Covid symptoms has been agreed for Lancashire from this week, which will help to reduce the spread and protect people.
Following the announcement last week by Health Secretary Matt Hancock 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, MP Rosie called on him and local councils to prioritise West Lancashire.
West Lancashire Borough Council’s Chief Operating Officer and Leader Cllr Ian Moran informed MP Rosie they joined her in writing to the Health Secretary and Lancashire County Council’s Director of Public Health.
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 wrote 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 will help local businesses get back on their feet.
“I am pleased that starting this week, those without symptoms can get tested. We now know that up to a third of people with the Covid virus might not have symptoms, yet unknowingly be infectious.
“Testing the general population has been effective in Liverpool where a ‘remarkable decline’ was reported, Lancashire will now begin a sustained programme of community testing.
“West Lancashire was placed under Tier 3 restrictions by Government at the start of December. This mass testing programme could be West Lancashire’s route to Tiers 2 and 1.”