Construction and the COVID-19 test programme

Construction and the COVID-19 test programme

A London council wants construction workers to take part in its rapid COVID-19 test programme.

Southwark Council has become one of the first local authorities to specifically name builders among those it is asking to take lateral flow tests in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Its website asks construction workers as well as teachers, supermarket workers, cleaners and security guards among others, to come forward to take tests. The tests are intended for people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus, and give a result within 30 minutes. Tests are available seven days a week.

The move follows the Department of Health and Social Care’s recent encouragement to local authorities to roll out the tests for those who cannot work from home. 

Network Rail, Colas and Wates are among the firms to have introduced the tests at their sites.

Laing O'Rourke saw this week a surge of covid-19 cases on their Royal Liverpool job, reporting 26 workers who had recently tested positive for COVID-19, despite them implementing strict working practices in line with COVID Regulations, this outbreak is in line with the increasing number of cases in the city.

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