Drive-thru coronavirus testing site opens in Cumbria

Coronavirus testing is taking place at a drive-thru centre in Cumbria.

The site in Penrith will open seven days a week and is operating on an appointment-only basis for NHS staff and other key workers.

Penrith Rugby Club has leased its car park free of charge for three months, as the government ramps up testing.

Credit: ITV News
Credit: ITV News

It comes as the British Medical Association said testing for healthcare staff should not be on a “first come, first served” basis, after slots offered to key workers ran out for the third day in a row.

More than 10 million essential workers and their households are now eligible for Covid-19 checks as officials race to hit their 100,000-a-day testing target.

NHS and social care staff, police officers, teachers, social workers, undertakers, journalists and those who work in supermarkets and food production are among those who are eligible.

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