Hammersmith and Fulham council aims to introduce mass coronavirus testing

By Julia Gregory, Local Democracy Reporter

A West London borough is planning to follow in the footsteps of Liverpool by introducing mass coronavirus testing.

Hammersmith and Fulham council is hoping to start offering more tests with a fast turnaround “very soon”.

The council’s head of public health, Dr Nicola Lang, told the health, inclusion, social care and accountability committee yesterday that it was discussing the tests with the Government.

She said: “We are in discussions with the Department of Health on mass testing.”

She said they hoped to do lateral flow tests which “look for a bit of protein on the surface of the virus”.

The tests got under way in Liverpool this week, and Dr Lang said: “We are planning to start this very soon in Hammersmith and Fulham.”

The test is “a bit like a pregnancy test and the results can be turned around in 20 to 30 minutes, she explained.

However the sensitivity of the tests means the pick-up rate of the infection “is a bit lower”, she said.

The borough’s latest rate of positive test results is 211 per 100,000 people  in the past seven days to yesterday.

But Dr Lang said the rate was falling, and stressed: “We do extensive testing in the borough with mobile testing units moving around Hammersmith and Fulham.”

The borough is testing 579 per 100,000 residents, and the London average is just over 300 per 100,000 people.

Pictured top: Hammersmith and Fulham council is hoping to start offering more tests with a fast turnaround “very soon”.



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One thought on “Hammersmith and Fulham council aims to introduce mass coronavirus testing

  • 9 November 2020 at 22:13

    Many religious countries or communities appear to have the highest covid death rates whereas some secular countries have the lowest death rate like Singapore and Taiwan. Apparently their churches focus more on the New covenant of grace rather than grave of ten commandments.

    It fulfills the Numbers 8:19 which said the Levites are responsible to prevent plague from the people of the old covenant. (In other words, the Levites or the religious leaders are responsible if plague occur to the people of faith.)


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