Coronavirus: ‘Spirit Blitz’ as Hundreds of People Line Up in Liverpool for Rapid COVID Tests | UK News


There is a kind of ‘Blitz spirit’ outside the Liverpool Tennis Center.

Everyone is well wrapped up on this cool but sunny day – and almost everyone is wearing a mask. There is chatter, laughter and a sense of camaraderie.

“We came here for our city,” Peter Taylor, 69, tells me.

He wears a Liverpool FC pompom hat and is particularly happy that his side are supporting the efforts here.

“Jurgen Klopp asked everyone to come out so why not? We don’t like the confinement and we cannot expect the government to do it right without the support of the public, ”he said.

Peter Taylor, with his wife Renee, says he is “here for the city”

Peter is part of a queue that sometimes contains hundreds of people who have been told they can show up for a COVID test that will give them a result within 30 minutes.

Inside the tennis center, soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment have set up camp on the courts.

They performed the lateral flow test on themselves – to make sure they were doing it right for the audience.

I spot Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson is there, he just took the test himself.

It’s a quick swab from the throat and nose, then put into a liquid and onto something that looks a lot like a pregnancy test.

Mr. Anderson lost his brother to COVID, and he equates the fight against the virus to a war.

“It exists, it’s here,” he told me. “And we are using the military to fight a different battle. I want people to ignore conspiracy theorists ”.

As I tweet about what’s going on here, my timeline fills up with comments like “the more tests, the more false positives, the more cases the more we’re stuck,” and ‘others that would not be decent to print.

But that’s not how they see it in the queue here – where more and more people are arriving every minute – and they seem happy to wait as long as it takes. I spot a guy who came prepared with a fishing stool.

Amnah Vicars, pictured in the queue with her son Isaac
Christine and John Poole
Christine Poole, with husband John, hope to keep her family safe

Amnah Vicars, 51, brought her 12-year-old son Isaac. “I just did my part for Liverpool to get us out of the lockdown as quickly as possible,” she said.

Further down the line I find Christine Poole, 70, who says, “I wanted to take a test to keep our families safe.

“If we’re safe, they’re safe, it’s the peace of mind that you know you’re not putting people at risk. The most important thing is not to be a carrier ”.


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