Twickenham has grow to be the newest main sports activities stadium in Britain to be given a task within the struggle towards the coronavirus, it was introduced on Saturday.
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The southwest London headquarters of English rugby union will play host to a drive-through coronavirus testing facility that’s a part of the British authorities’s nationwide effort to extend testing for 1000’s extra Nationwide Well being Service workers and different key employees.
It should function on an appointment-only foundation for these particular teams of employees, with the power working as a pilot scheme for its first few days of operation.
Thus far, 32 testing websites have been opened throughout the nation, with the intention of offering extra swab exams which might establish if somebody has the virus.
Frontline well being workers who take a look at destructive for coronavirus will, it’s hoped, return to work as quickly as attainable whereas those that take a look at optimistic are allowed to get better away from their colleagues and sufferers.
“This new service will assist finish the uncertainty of whether or not NHS and social care workers and different key employees want to remain at residence, which means those that take a look at destructive will be capable of return to work,” stated well being minister Lord James Bethell.
All main sport has ceased in Britain as a part of a nationwide lockdown, which means grounds could be transformed for different makes use of, with RFU chief govt Invoice Sweeney saying on Saturday: “The RFU is happy to have the ability to assist the Covid-19 drive-through testing programme at Twickenham Stadium for NHS and different key employees.”
An analogous testing centre has been established at Premier League soccer membership Tottenham Hotspur’s floor in north London.
Different sports activities venues which were co-opted as medical amenities because the outbreak of the virus embody Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, the headquarters of the Welsh Rugby Union, the place a area hospital has been arrange on the taking part in space.