Today is the second of a three-day stop by the British army’s Salford coronavirus testing facility in Albert Park’s car park, in Broughton, which will remain open until Tuesday 12th May.
There is much confusion over the Government’s official instructions over Covid-19, as Salford greets a new day under lockdown.
Mon 11 May & Tues 12 May, the Army is running a mobile testing centre at Albert Park. It is for essential workers & others eligible through the government testing website. For info re eligibility & process for a self-referral/employer referral see https://t.co/VKTz0SGrt1
— Salford City Council (@SalfordCouncil) May 10, 2020
You can apply for a test here.
Broughton Park is one of the worst-hit areas of Salford, and only a certain amount of people are eligible for coronavirus testing.
The list includes:
-All essential workers including NHS and social care workers with symptoms (see the full list of essential workers)
-Anyone over 65 with symptoms
-Anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home (for example, construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers and delivery drivers)
-Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with any
of those identified above
Additionally, they are testing the following for coronavirus in Salford:
-Social care workers and residents in care homes (with or without symptoms) both to investigate outbreaks and, following successful pilots, as part of a rolling programme to test all care homes
-NHS workers and patients without symptoms, in line with NHS England guidance
There has also been much confusion over the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s address last night, which gave conflicting advice as to what the public is now allowed to do.
Salford & Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey tweeted in support of the National Education Union (NEU) in opposition to the Government’s plan to re-open schools for only certain year groups.
@NEUnion spot on: without the evidence, the science and safety measures in place, the announcement to reopen schools for certain year groups is staggering. The #fivetests must be met before any planned reopening to reassure parents, staff and pupils that they are safe. https://t.co/yb2Wqkt7pL
— Rebecca Long-Bailey (@RLong_Bailey) May 10, 2020
Salford cases continue to rise, with 864 confirmed cases at the time of writing.
The Prime Minister will make a statement to the Commons this afternoon, where he will take questions regarding the new focus of “stay alert” rather than “stay home”.
According to the new three-phase plan put forward by the government, unlimited exercise is allowed from this week, followed by the promise of opening schools slowly over the next few months.
The final phase will see commercial shops re-opening, such as cinemas and restaurants, which is predicted to happen around July, if all goes well regarding the ‘five tests’ which the powers that be are using to measure the severity of the outbreak.
Salford’s community groups online are still going strong, with many coming forward to help those in need.
Once recovery statistics are published, we will be reporting them also.