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Army opens Stranraer Covid-19 test centre for first time

AN ARMY-OPERATED test centre for symptomatic key workers opened for the first time in Stranraer this morning. The centre is a drive-through facility for designated key workers or their families who feel unwell. It means those who have Covid-19 can follow isolation procedures while those who are negative can return to work in critical sectors more quickly. The Scottish Office said: "The system is part of a UK-wide initiative intended to increase testing to keep vital sections of the economy operating amidst the ongoing crisis. "The UK Government is funding and operating five drive through testing facilities (in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness so far, with Perth opening later this week). "The UK Government has funded these testing centres throughout Scotland to ensure testing capacity across the UK is maximised. "As public health is devolved in Scotland it is the responsibility of the Scottish Government to define key workers and their eligibility for testing. Key workers can now also book their own test via the UK Government's online portal. "The military are also providing the Scottish Government with 13 pop up mobile testing sites across Scotland. "The UK Government is funding a new ‘megalab' in Glasgow, operated by Glasgow University, which is now mass processing COVID tests for key workers." If you are symptomatic and qualify as a key worker you can seek an appointment at the Stranraer centre via this link: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/ For more on the scaling up of testing programmes see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-scaling-up-testing-programmes

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