Coronavirus: Kent

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 25th November 2020.

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Photo of Gareth Johnson Gareth Johnson Conservative, Dartford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on the availability of covid-19 tests for people living in North Kent of the closure of the covid-19 testing site at Ebbsfleet; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of tests available at the covid-19 testing site in Rochester.

Photo of Gareth Johnson Gareth Johnson Conservative, Dartford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Dartford constituency who have been tested for covid-19 in the last four weeks.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

There are currently a record number of tests available. For those with symptoms of COVID-19 there is a local testing centre at 221 Erith Road, Bexley and a regional testing centre at Curtis Way Coach Park in Rochester.

Demand for testing is increasing and as such test sites in areas with higher prevalence will be prioritised. Areas with lower prevalence will have reductions of testing capacity.

We do not publish data on the number of people tested in the format you have requested. We publish daily statistics on tests cases and deaths down to lower tier local authority level; weekly Test and Trace statistics and Public Health England surveillance reports showing positive cases by various demographics at GOV.UK.

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