Coronavirus: Edgbaston Cricket Ground Becomes NHS Staff Test Center


Work in progress at the cricket ground

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Warwickshire County Cricket Club


The center will allow staff to continue caring for patients, said NHS England.

Edgbaston’s cricket ground in Birmingham will become a coronavirus testing center for NHS workers.

The center is being created in the car parks next to the stadium.

Staff will be “tested quickly” to see if they can continue to care for patients, said NHS England.

The general manager of Warwickshire County Cricket said he was pleased that the club grounds were used to support the NHS.

Posting on social media, the club said it donated the site to the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.

CEO Neil Snowball said he was “pleased that our stadium can be used to support the fantastic efforts of all of our NHS staff in response to the coronavirus crisis.”

An NHS England spokesperson said, “Edgbaston Cricket Ground’s innovative driving service will ensure that personnel with symptoms are tested quickly so that they can continue to care for patients as much as possible and also protect, as well as families and patients from the virus. “

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced Thursday that he plans to perform 100,000 tests a day by the end of April.

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The main type of test to see if someone has Covid-19 is to take a swab from the nose or throat which is then sent to a laboratory for signs of genetic material from the virus.

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