London, November 6. Starting today, the United Kingdom has launched a nationwide Coronavirus test on Liverpool, which is also the first city to conduct a large-scale test. The government encourages everyone living and working in Liverpool to be tested.
The goal of “testing and tracking” is to quickly identify and isolate a small number of infected people so that people can return to normal lives.
The national testing program lasts for about two weeks. It will use swab testing and the new lateral flow immunochromatography (LFT) to combine. LFT does not need to send samples to the laboratory to get results within 20 minutes. Swab testing can be Provide results within 48 to 72 hours.
Sir John Bell of the University of Oxford has conducted tests and verifications in the past four months to find the most effective test method. Bell claimed that the accuracy of the new test reached 99.9%.
The city will open 85 new test sites and receive the support of 2,000 armed forces. The six new testing centers that only test asymptomatic people will be open from 12 noon to 7 pm every day, and more are planned in the future. People with existing symptoms need to be tested at different test points or through government websites at mobile test points.
British Prime Minister Johnson said that such large-scale testing is still in the trial stage, but it is expected to become a powerful weapon for the UK to fight the epidemic.
The infection rate in Liverpool has been declining in recent weeks. In mid-October, the infection rate in the region was close to 700 cases per 100,000 people.
The latest data show that the infection rate has now dropped to 329.5 cases per 100,000 people.