This is the moment British soldiers set up COVID-19 testing booths in Liverpool last night in preparation for the mass testing starting today (Friday 6 November).
Using the hashtag ‘Let’s Get Tested’, Liverpool City Council posted the clip on social media with the message: “Soldiers have worked through the night to get our city’s testing centres ready.
“Anyone who lives, works or learns in Liverpool can now get a #COVID19 test – even if you don’t have symptoms.”
The local authorities have rolled out numerous test centres across Liverpool to encourage residents to test themselves for the novel coronavirus.
As of midday on 6 November, six centres opened their doors until 7pm for residents not displaying virus symptoms.
Anyone with virus symptoms can still be tested at existing medical centres and mobile testing units.
All the new centres will offer walk-ins while bookings can be made online or via the NHS COVID-19 app.
Liverpool is expected to test tens of thousands of people with more centres expected to open in the next few days.
The pilot scheme will initially last for 10 days with an aim of extending beyond if needed.
The City Council is being aided by the army to help with the mass rollout.
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: “This is an incredible opportunity to turbo charge our efforts to reduce coronavirus in the city.
“Let’s all get tested, for our families, our mates, our Liverpool, and set an example to the country and the world.”
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