William Eichler 23 December 2020

Liverpool testing sites reach ‘hard to reach’ young people

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Two new testing sites in Liverpool have helped reach young people who have been reluctant to come forward for testing, the city council says.

The Liverpool ONE walk-in centre and Liverpool Town Hall both opened their doors on Saturday 5 December and offer Lateral Flow Tests to Christmas shoppers who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

To date more than 6,500 have been tested in Liverpool ONE, and more than 2,160 in Liverpool Town Hall. The data also reveals that the test centres are managing to attract the 18-29 year old demographic, which have been previously classed as a ‘hard to reach’ group in the city.

‘Both the Liverpool ONE test centre and the Town Hall are in the perfect locations whether you’re planning on doing some Christmas shopping, heading out to enjoy one of our hospitality hot-spots or you are simply in the area to soak up the festive atmosphere,’ said Liverpool’s acting mayor, Cllr Wendy Simon.

‘It’s so rewarding to see residents and visitors embrace our testing programme – we are taking a stand against this virus and by identifying people who are positive, but not symptomatic, means we can put the appropriate measures in place and stop the spread of Covid-19.

‘Now more than ever we need to be really conscious of all the guidance in place, and over the next couple of weeks we need to remember the key messages of keeping your distance, wearing a face covering and washing our hands regularly.’

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