Residents in Oadby and Wigston urged to get tested for coronavirus

Residents in parts of Oadby and Wigston are being urged to get tested for coronavirus whether they have symptoms of the virus or not.

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.

From today, more than 9,000 households in Oadby and Wigston will receive a leaflet, along with a text from their GP, telling them to get tested whether they have symptoms of the virus or not.

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.

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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.

The infection rates in Oadby and Wigston are comparable with cities like Rotherham and Bradford, which aren’t in lockdown, but have been reported as possibly being next.

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.”

John Boyce, leader of Oadby and Wigston Borough Council said: “ No one in the borough is more frustrated with being in lockdown than me.”

“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.

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