People in Liverpool will be offered regular COVID-19 tests under the first trial of whole city testing in England.
Everyone living or working in the city will be offered tests, whether or not they have symptoms, with follow-up tests every two weeks or so. Some will get new tests giving results within an hour which, if successful, could be rolled out to "millions" by Christmas, the government says.
Liverpool has one of the highest rates of coronavirus deaths in England. The latest figures show the city recorded 1,754 cases in the week up to 30 October. The average area in England had 153.
The pilot aims to limit spread of the virus by identifying as many infected people as possible, and taking action to break chains of transmission.
It is thought around four-fifths of people who are infected with coronavirus show no symptoms.
Source: BBC News, 3 November 2020
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