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Inverness Covid-19 testing centre capable of conducting 1440 tests a day is visited by UK government minister

By Scott Maclennan

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UK government minister David Duguid visited the Inverness drive-through coronavirus testing site at the University of the Highlands and Islands Inverness campus.

It is one of a network of UK-funded testing centres across Scotland with Mr Duguid describing the visit as a “fantastic opportunity to see how the site in Inverness works.”

The centre has enough capacity to process 1440 tests every 24 hours with those arriving having to administer the Covid-19 test themselves.

The swabs are then sent to the Lighthouse Lab in Glasgow for processing.

According to the government, it forms part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history alongside 22 mobile testing units and now two walk-through sites.

“It allows people living in the area to get tested quickly,” said Mr Duguid. “I was delighted to meet some of the inspirational staff who are working round the clock to protect people in Inverness and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“This facility is crucial for containing and managing outbreaks at a local level. I would like to thank the Inverness team for their contribution to our fight against coronavirus.”

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