Coronavirus: Plans for four drive-through test centres in Wales

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Plans for four drive-through coronavirus testing centres in Wales have been announced by the Welsh Health Minister, Vaughan Gething.

The first will open this week at Cardiff City stadium.

Three more will be opened at Rodney Parade in Newport, and locations yet to be announced in south west and north Wales.

Not everyone will be able to go, with the Welsh Government planning to test key frontline workers with symptoms.

The minister told a press conference the aim would be for “people to be able to travel to be tested within 30 minutes of their own home”.

He added that there were plans to have an “at home” test as well.

Mark Drakeford, first minister, said last Friday that the NHS is on the “way” to have 9,000 tests a day over the rest of April.

The Welsh Government is now understood to be planning for 8,000 to 10,000 tests a day by mid-to-late May.

Up to now the Welsh Government has been testing people in hospital, frontline NHS and social care staff with symptoms.

Mr Gething said testing will be rolled out to critical workers, “for example to police and prison staff” and others – the health minister said it amounted to 438,000 people.

People requiring tests would be “identified by their employer”, he explained.

“Our aim is to have a network of these sites where eventually people can travel to be tested within 30 minutes of their own home,” Mr Gething said.

“Another three test centres will be opened in the next seven to 10 days.”

He said the Welsh Government had carried out more than 15,000 tests so far. “Nearly three quarters of those tests have been negative,” Mr Gething said.

It takes about 24 hours to get a result “but we do expect that to speed up.”

BBC News

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