Mass Covid-19 testing could be heading to Nuneaton and Bedworth as the drive to bring down the spread of the virus continues.

Nuneaton’s MP Marcus Jones is championing the roll-out of quick testing as the borough battles the highest Covid-19 rates in the county.

He has hinted that a decision could be made soon.

On a post on his official page on Facebook, the MP said: “I have pressed for the rapid roll-out of mass testing and expect there will be an announcement shortly.”

Nearby Coventry is to start mass testing council staff as part of a trial that could eventually see around 32,000 tests a week in the city.

But, at the time of the announcement, Warwickshire had not bid to become part of the pilot.

CoventryLive has asked Warwickshire County Council, which is responsible for public health, for a comment on the proposals for mass testing in the borough.

Tier 3 impact

In the meantime, the MP has said he is acutely aware of the impact of the borough, as well as Warwickshire and the wider sub region, being put into Tier 3, which carries the tougest restrictions, when lockdown ends.

Under Tier 3, pubs, clubs and restaurants cannot open and he says he is pushing for extra support to be given to them.

He has also applied to businesses affected by the restrictions to access grants being made available.

“I am aware of the effect on businesses and I am taking up local concerns to push for increased support for the pubs, restaurants, cafes etc that have been forced to close,” he said.

“The Additional Restrictions Grant is available now and I urge all businesses that have been affected to check the criteria and apply from either Nuneaton and Bedworth or North Warwickshire borough councils.”

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