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Coronavirus: Testing centre opens in Bradford

Coronavirus: Testing centre opens in Bradford

Published by Harry Long at 5:16pm 1st July 2020.

The first walk-in coronavirus testing centre in Bradford has opened today.  

The testing centre is located in Centenary Square.

The centre will be available for anyone in Bradford district who has symptoms of Covid-19, such as a high temperature, a new cough, or a change in sense of taste or smell.

Strict infection control measures will be in place to ensure the new community testing centre is operated with the highest levels of public health safeguards.

People who have symptoms of Covid-19 are not allowed to use public transport-  so those attending the centre will have to make their own way there

A face covering will need to be worn, and social distancing must also be followed at all times, when at the site and while travelling to and from it.

The Bradford District is one of the areas with highest infection rates of the virus.

Council Leader, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe said:

“We have a good track record in the district of testing because of our own local Marley Fields testing site in Keighley which complements the national testing sites.

“I’m pleased we’ve been able to test all the staff in the care homes of the district because of the facility at Marley Fields. 

“That has contributed to getting the infection rate down in care homes.  Now, with this new site in the city centre, I think there’s an opportunity to broaden out and offer testing to other frontline workers.

“I’ll be asking NHS England to offer testing to bus drivers, train drivers and taxi drivers, for example and there will be other professions too. I would welcome a positive response.”