Original article from Kent Live
Eight symptom-free COVID testing sites are set to close as Kent County Council confirms new pharmacy and online scheme.
People living in Kent will now be able to pick up testing kits from 322 pharmacies in the county, as well as being able to order them online.
Since the scheme first began in December, 550,000 tests have been carried out in Kent, with 2,821 positive tests being recorded in the 16-week period.
However, eight of these sites are now set to close as the government adapts is methods of keeping cases to a minimum.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated every person in England should now take a symptom-free test twice a week, with these tests being available from pharmacies, workplaces and online.
'COVID-19 has not gone away'
Director of public health for Kent, Andrew Scott-Clark said: “Our symptom free testing sites will continue to deliver a fantastic service and we have been singled out by central government for the success of the programme in the county so far.
"The fact that people now have other options will hopefully increase the levels of testing even more and continue to identify anyone who is carrying the virus without knowing it."
“COVID-19 has not gone away.
"People are still being infected and any complacency now could jeopardise our route out of lockdown. We must keep up the pace and twice-weekly testing for everyone, including those who have been COVID-19 vaccinated, will give us an accurate picture of virus rates in communities and play a huge part in helping us to continue to drive down the number of infections and therefore save lives.”
“I want testing for residents in Kent, from aged 5 upwards, to become part of everyone’s routine. The tests are so simple to do and give rapid results.
"We all brush our teeth at least twice a day – so a quick test twice a week is a simple but effective way of containing this virus and moving out of lockdown.”
The 8 symptom-free testing sites set to close this month
Ashford North Youth Centre, Ashford, April 30
The Herne, Canterbury, April 26
Discovery Centre, Dover, April 30
The Folkestone Library, April 30
Conservative Club, Gravesham, April 30
Northfleet Youth Club, Gravesham, April 30
Swanley Youth Club, Sevenoaks, April 27
Larkfield Library, Tonbridge, April 30