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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 107763, tabled on 22 October 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of potential health risks of the opening of the covid-19 testing centre in Watney Market Idea store, Shadwell to (a) nearby residents, (b) customers and staff of nearby shops and (c) the Watney Market traders.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

25 November 2020

The Government is committed to rapid and accessible testing for everyone who needs one. We are working with private sector partners to establish local test sites, such as the one at the Watney Market Ideal store, in metropolitan areas across the country. These local test sites are being used to test eligible individuals who may not have access to a car and are set up in places where there is space and local demand for testing. Local test sites are deployed at the direction of Local Resilience Forums and Recovery Coordination Groups and decisions are centrally executed at their direction. This co-design approach between local and national teams has been key in achieving the pace at which these sites have been stood up. To monitor cases, we are working closely with local authorities and local Directors of Public Health, sharing highly localised case data on a daily basis to understand and tackle local outbreaks.