Queen’s rolls out Covid-19 asymptomatic testing programme for students | UTV

Queen’s College is ready to check important numbers of asymptomatic employees and college students for Covid-19 as a part of a government-backed programme.

It is the primary place in Northern Eire to conduct testing on those that do not present coronavirus signs on a big scale.

College students are being invited to e-book in for a take a look at from Monday 23 November on the campus’ Whitla Corridor.

Outcomes will be supplied in only one hour.

It is hoped the programme will assist help many college students who want to return residence for Christmas.

Well being Minister Robin Swann stated New Testing Interventions, or NTIs, will assist us perceive how asymptomatic testing will be applied and prolonged extra broadly sooner or later.

He stated: “Offering help to college students and their households within the coming weeks can also be a really welcome facet of this NTI. Nevertheless we should be clear – testing by itself just isn’t a panacea to delivering a ‘regular’ festive interval.  

“Everybody should proceed to stick to the present restrictions and public well being necessities. We should proceed to drive down an infection charges and make sure that we enter the festive interval with as few new instances every single day as potential.”

The hope is for the programme to ultimately conduct 6,000 checks per week, with capability being scaled up within the first few weeks.

President and Vice-Chancellor of the College, Professor Ian Greer stated: “We hope that the programme will assist the well being authorities to develop the most effective method to mass testing, while on the similar time serving to us to drive down situations of the virus in our campus neighborhood and maintaining it protected for our employees and college students.”

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