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GMP Chief Constable calls for police to get coronavirus testing kits as matter of urgency

A nurse holds a coronavirus testing kit. Credit: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images

The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester has called for coronavirus testing kits to be made available to police officers as a matter of urgency.

The government is working on supplying tests for the police.

More than 1,300 workers are currently absent from Greater Manchester Police because of the virus.

Ian Hopkins says no-one knows how many of those officers actually have Covid-19.

"Testing is absolutely imperative. The government knows this but we're still 2-3 weeks away from anything for the police service."

– Chief Constable Ian Hopkins

Mr Hopkins told ITV Granada Reports that he is concerned officers without symptoms could be unknowingly spreading it in the community.

At the weekend, the police chief asked retired colleagues to return to work to help them cope with the reduced resources as a result of coronavirus.

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