London news Hundreds tested for Covid at London Westfield in bid to target people in 20s Uk news
MetiNews.Com - The mobile testing has been called a 'stunning success'
Breaking News ! Sign up to FREE email alerts from MyLondon - MyWestLondon NewsSubscribeWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingSee ourprivacy noticeInvalid EmailHundreds of people got tested for coronavirus at a walk-in test centre at the Westfield London shopping centre. The mobile unit visited the shopping centre in a bid to get more young people tested after an increase in people in their 20s testing positive for the virus. The move came as Hammersmith and Fulham Council asked Westfield if it could take the mobile test centre to the Shepherd’s Bush shopping mall - Europe’s largest - over the weekend. It saw 288 people get tested on Saturday and 358 on Sunday - a record for the borough according to Ben Coleman, the cabinet member in charge of health and adult social care. He told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “It was a stunning success to get 646 people tested.
. That’s what makes it work.”
A face-masked shopper leaves Westfield in Shepherd's Bush
(Image: Darren Pepe)
Residents were having problems registering online for tests as nationally it was reported labs were struggling to cope with the workload. And recent figures show that 40 per cent of the cases in the West London borough were among 20 to 29-year-olds and 22 per cent were aged 30 to 39. Last week the borough had an infection rate of 27.5 cases per 100,000 people, which was the second highest rate of anywhere in London. The council now has four methods to help get the infection rate down and avert a local lockdown. These include deploying mobile testing units in the borough every day - and moving them into local hotspots.
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