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Large-scale testing for all Tier 4 and Tier 3 areas

The government has announced that all authorities in Tier 4 and Tier 3 measures – and those in Tier 2 at risk of moving up – are invited to apply for large-scale community testing.

A further 17 local authorities are going to receive the testing, bringing the total to 123 jurisdictions.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “Roughly 1 in 3 people with coronavirus show no symptoms and so it’s essential we broaden testing to help identify those who are infected and infectious, unaware they may be spreading the disease.”

He added: “If you are offered community testing in your local area, I would strongly encourage you to take up this opportunity to get tested and protect your local community.”

The areas announced today are Boston (Tier 3), Calderdale (Tier 3), City of Bristol (Tier 2), County Durham (Tier 3), Coventry (Tier 3), Gateshead (Tier 3), Hartlepool (Tier 3), Lincoln (Tier 3), Newcastle (Tier 3), North Somerset (Tier 2), North Tyneside (Tier 3), Northumberland (Tier 3), Redcar and Cleveland (Tier 3), South Gloucestershire (Tier 3), South Tyneside (Tier 3), Sunderland (Tier 3) and Walsall (Tier 3).