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Rapid coronavirus testing launched in Barking and Dagenham today as the borough attempts to drive down transmissions rates by the end of the year.
Testing with results in 30 minutes, is now available to all residents whether they have symptoms or not.
In the week ending December 16, Barking and Dagenham had 824 positive coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.
The average area in England had 203. A new testing sites opened at the Gascoigne Children’s Centre in St Ann’s Road, Barking from 10am to 7pm every day.
Cabinet member for social care and health integration Councillor Maureen Worby said: “Roughly one in three people have the virus without symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it.
“Broadening testing to identify those showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and break chains of transmission.
“With its targeted approach, community testing aims to reduce the prevalence of the virus in our borough, so I will advise residents to take advantage of this service.
“All efforts to find people without symptoms work hand in hand with the existing free testing service for those with symptoms.”