More rapid testing sites rolled out in Enfield

A rapid Covid-19 test centre at John Wilkes House in Ponders End
A rapid Covid-19 test centre at John Wilkes House in Ponders End

Tests now available at several large employers, reports Olivia Devereux-Evans

Enfield Council is working with large employers to offer free rapid coronavirus testing for workers.

The council has set up new coronavirus testing sites at Warburtons Bakery in Brimsdown; London Energy in Edmonton; and manufacturing firm Johnson Matthey, also in Brimsdown.

It comes on top of seven walk-in rapid test sites that have been opened across Enfield for borough residents without symptoms over the last two months. These are at Brigadier Hall in Cedar Road, Gordon Hill; the British Alevi Federation Community Centre in Great Cambridge Road, Edmonton; Green Towers Community Centre in Plevna Road, Edmonton Green; John Wilkes House in High Street, Ponders End; Kempe Hall in Kempe Road, Bullsmoor; Klinger Hall in Copperfield Mews, Edmonton; and Southgate Library in High Street, Southgate.

Council leader Nesil Caliskan said: “We are doing everything we can to fight coronavirus in Enfield and a fundamental part of our plan is to mass test people who can’t work from home to ensure they do not have the virus. 
“So far we have carried out more than 35,000 rapid tests on members of the public and delivering rapid tests to businesses will enable them to keep their workforces safe and stop the spread of this virus.

“However, it remains vitally important that everyone follows the public health rules – stay at home except for essential purposes, such as buying food and going to work if you cannot work from home, and practise the hands, face, space guidance if you do need to leave the house.”

This week it was confirmed that a more transmissible South African variant of coronavirus had been detected near Enfield, in Broxbourne and Tottenham Hale. Tests are now being delivered directly to people’s homes in these areas.

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus should not leave their house and instead book a test to be sent to their home.

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