A total of 67 places across England are on the list, with some targeting tests set to start from Monday and testing in approved areas is expected to start this month.
The Department of Health and Welfare (DHSC) said more than 1.6 million tests will be delivered to the first of the Level 3 domains participating in the program.
Further deployments are expected to begin the new year with DHSC adding that more than 100 local authorities are “engaged in the community screening program.”
In Oldham, Greater Manchester, increased access to rapid testing will initially focus on high-risk living settings, health and social care staff, schools and colleges, the Mirror reports.
Large manufacturing sites and businesses with a workforce of over 200 will be tested as part of plans in Lancashire.
In Kirklees, West Yorkshire, borough-wide community testing and high-risk workplaces will be focused first.
But despite the Level 3 restrictions in place in the North East, the only mass tests in the area are in Darlington and Stockton-on-Tees.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the improved testing programs follow a successful pilot project in Liverpool and will be a “vital additional tool” in finding asymptomatic cases.
He said: “Community testing will be very important in helping regions with the highest levels of the virus bring down infection rates and ultimately help regions ease the tighter restrictions.
“This is just the start, and we are working quickly to roll out community testing more widely as more local teams are ready. I urge anyone who lives in areas where community testing is offered to come forward and get tested. ”
The department said local authorities can bid for additional testing and support capacity “on an ongoing basis” to create a “bespoke testing program” for their community.
General Sir Gordon Messenger, Chief Operating Officer, said: “We would like to express our thanks to the more than 100 local authorities who have engaged so quickly and comprehensively, enabling us to move the first stage of the community testing program forward, and our The team will start deploying them as early as next week.
“We continue to work intensively with local authorities on their proposals to expand the program to more areas over the coming weeks and months, increasing the testing services available to communities. ”
Below is a list of the 67 level 3 tips that will be among the first to launch community coronavirus testing programs, according to the Department of Health.
- Amber Valley
- Derbyshire Dales
- North East Derbyshire
- South Derbyshire
- Folkestone and Hythe
- Tonbridge and Malling
- Tunbridge Wells
- Blackburn avec Darwen
- Ribble Valley
- South Ribble
- West Lancashire
- Cannock Chase
- East Staffordshire
- South Staffordshire
- Staffordshire Moorlands
- Tamworth «
- North Warwickshire
- Nuneaton et Bedworth
- Warwick «