Testing centre closes as virus battle moves to the home front

TESTING TIMES: The Camden Centre testing centre has closed

Testing was moved to the Camden Centre in Royal Victoria Place in April after the Assembly Hall Theatre, which had been providing mass testing for the town since the start of the crisis, reverted to putting on live performances.

Now that has also closed, as of Wednesday [June 30].

As more and more home kits become available, Kent’s health chief says there is now less need for these testing sites, and nearly all of them, except for centres at Maidstone County Hall and Ashford’s Eurogate Business Park, have now closed.

Kent’s interim Director of Public Health, Allison Duggal, encouraged residents across the county to continue to test themselves regularly for Covid-19 despite the closures.

She said: “I cannot thank the residents of Kent enough for their part in locating the virus and driving down infection rates through regular testing.

“Home testing, with testing kits available both at pharmacies and online, has been extremely popular. It’s quick and easy to do and so it’s not surprising that many residents of Kent have now made regular home testing part of their weekly routine.

“As we start to get out and socialise more, it is so important that everyone keeps testing, testing, testing to identify any positive cases and continue to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Please remember to register your test result online so we receive a record of how many people are taking tests, and thank you again for your continued efforts to keep everyone safe.”

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