Coronavirus: plans for four driving test centers in Wales

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Cardiff City Stadium Test Center

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Four driving coronavirus testing centers will be opened in Wales.

The first began operations Tuesday at Cardiff City stadium.

Three more will be open at Rodney Parade in Newport, and locations are yet to be announced in South West and North Wales.

Not everyone will be able to go there – authorities plan to test the main frontline workers with symptoms, including the police and prison officials.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething said at a press conference that the goal would be “to have people travel for testing within 30 minutes of their home.”

He said there were also plans to take a “home” test.

Premier Mark Drakeford said last Friday that the NHS was “on track” to have 9,000 tests a day for the rest of April.

The Welsh government now plans to run 8,000-10,000 tests a day from mid-late to late May.

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Cardiff City Stadium test center opened Tuesday


So far, the Welsh government has tested hospitalized patients, front line NHS and social care staff for symptoms.

Gething said the tests will be rolled out to critical workers, including “the police and prison staff” – the Minister of Health said the list of critical workers was 438,000.

Those undergoing testing would be “identified by their employer,” he said.

“Our goal is to have a network of these sites where people can eventually get around for testing within 30 minutes of their home,” said Gething.

“Three more test centers will be open in the next seven to 10 days. “

He said the Welsh government has so far carried out more than 15,000 tests. “Almost three-quarters of these tests were negative,” said Gething.

It takes about 24 hours to get a result “but we expect it to accelerate”.

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