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.
Sunday, January 10, 2021
From today the government is expanding asymptomatic community testing to all local authorities across England, enabling them to target test all those who are unable to work from home during national lockdown.
With roughly a third of people who have coronavirus showing no symptoms, targeted asymptomatic transmission testing is one of the most highly effective weapons we have in breaking the chains of transmission. We know that rapid, regular testing led at a local level can have a significant impact in identifying positive cases quickly.
That is why the government is now expanding this offer to every local authority across England to encourage them to target test workers who cannot work from home. The government is asking employers to work with us to scale up workforce testing - helping us build on the millions of asymptomatic critical workers who are being tested every week such as NHS patient facing staff, care home staff and our plans for rapid testing of staff and students in schools and colleges across the country.
It is vital that we all do everything we can to keep the virus under control, and while the single most important action we can all take is to stay at home, expanding our efforts of identifying and isolating every positive case will help us stop the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.