More than 260,000 ‘no symptom’ tests have been undertaken in Coventry in just five months.

Detailed testing data has been revealed for the first time and shows that 267,973 quick turnaround tests have taken place across the city since the start of November.

Figures on the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire dashboard now show how many lateral flow tests, which are for those who are not showing symptoms, have taken place across the city.

Between November 11 last year and April 4, there have been 267,973 tests – of which 2,448 were undertaken on April 4.

Lateral flow testing peaked on March 28 when 11,073 daily tests took place.

The data does not show how many people tested positive as a result of these tests.

Positive tests

When it comes to official tests undertaken by people who think they may have coronavirus, there is a slight delay in the recording of figures.

But the latest for Coventry, according to the dashboard, shows that individuals tested in the last seven days up to March 31 stood at 7,506.

Of this figure, there was a 2.4 test positivity rate.

It is mirrored in the fact that the latest seven-day rolling rate for the city, which is for the week leading up to April 4, stood at 34.45 per 100,000 people.

The infection rate has not been this low in the city since September 9 last year, when it stood at 34.18 per 100,000.

Twice-weekly test plan

Figures for lateral flow tests are likely to rocket as Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants everyone in England to be offered free, twice-weekly tests.

It is understood that lateral flow tests will be available from Friday, regardless of whether people have symptoms.

People will be able to obtain a test, which can provide results in around 30 minutes, by collecting one at a local test site or via a home ordering service, workplace or school testing programme.

The scheme will enable the authorities to identify and control new variants of the disease and help stop fresh outbreaks, according to Mr Johnson.





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