Leicestershire County Council are scaling up more mobile units in the borough, due to high infection rates in the area. The council believes if people get tested, this could slow the transmission rate and protect residents living in the community.
Leicestershire County Council Director of Public Health, Mike Sandys, is urging residents to have the test done and believes it is vital in getting the virus under control.
Latest data obtained for the borough shows there are 712 confirmed cases per 100,000 people. Although significantly lower than Leicester, which has 1,116 cases per 100,000 people, it is much higher than the average for the rest of Leicestershire of 431.
Mike Sandys said: “This increased testing in selected parts of Oadby and Wigston is targeted because that’s an area where we’re seeing the highest number of cases in the community – and we’re working closely with the borough council which is playing a key role in helping to get the message out.”
“The advice for everyone else remains the same – if you have symptoms, you must book a test.”
“To get out of this we need to do two things. The first is to get tested. Secondly, stay at home where you can to suppress the transmission of the virus. Together we can get out of lockdown.”
Residents who are being urged to get tested will receive a text from their GP and a leaflet telling them how to do this. Or alternatively you can click here or call 119 to book a test.