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New walk-through coronavirus testing facility opens in Cambridge

A walk-through coronavirus testing facility has opened on the university’s West Cambridge campus.

The venue at the University of Cambridge Car Park 8, postcode CB3 0FS, is for those with symptoms to book appointments, and is part of the government’s drive to continue to improve the accessibility of testing.

The site is aimed at being easily accessible without a car, and opened last Friday (January 8).

Alex Lever, managing director of G4S’s Testing Site Programme, said: “The Cambridge walk-through site will play a key role in supporting the national response to the pandemic and we are extraordinarily proud of our dedicated employees at Covid-19 testing sites across the UK.

"Their enthusiasm has been inspiring as they continue to support the government, our health services and the public in this crisis."

Those using the new walk-through facility must follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, wearing a face covering throughout, including travelling to and from the testing centre.

The new facility is for those with coronavirus symptoms, and anyone with one or more of three symptoms - a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “To respond to the coronavirus, we have built a major testing and tracing system from scratch.

“We are constantly working to expand and improve it with new technologies and innovations so everyone with symptoms can get a test.

“New walk-in sites like this one makes it even easier to get a test no matter where you live.

“If you have symptoms of coronavirus, I urge you to book a test today and follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace if you are contacted to protect others and stop the spread of the virus.”

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