Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Tuesday, November 03, 2020
Trial of mass testing for COVID-19 to start in Liverpool
To respond to coronavirus, the largest testing system in British history has been built, and further work is being done constantly to expand and improve it so we can use the latest mass testing technologies to get the virus under control.
Starting on Friday, the government will launch the first deployment of whole city testing, offering everyone living or working in Liverpool coronavirus tests, whether they have symptoms or not. This will help to find more positive cases and break chains of transmission – in a city that has one of the highest rates in the country.
This is made possible by the dramatic increase in testing capacity – and at the weekend the target was met to hit daily COVID-19 test capacity of 500,000 by the end of October. The government will continue to expand capacity to improve test turnaround times, and push forward testing innovations to make sure anyone who needs a test can get one.