August 9, 2021 12.30 pm This story is over 27 months old

COVID testing van arrives to combat Lincoln’s high infection rates

Lincoln is still the UK’s infection hotspot

As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Lincoln, a mobile walk-in testing van has been moved into the city for the week to try and combat the issue.

The mobile van will be offering walk-in tests without the need to book an appointment, and is located at the newly-revamped Speakers Corner area of the Cornhill in Lincoln.

It will be there from 10am to 3pm between Monday and Friday this week, in an attempt to tackle the rising case numbers in Lincoln, which is the area with the most COVID-19 cases in the UK per 100,000 people.

Volunteers are on hand to answer any questions you may have, as well as to assist with testing queries if you require.

No appointments are needed to collect or take a test. | Photo: The Lincolnite

Taxi firms and shops could start stocking lateral flow tests in the city as part of pilot plans to tackle the high infection rates, with Lincoln ending Sunday with an infection rate of 732.6 per 100,000 people. In comparison, the England average stands at 283.9.

Lincolnshire’s coronavirus cases up to August 6.

The new measures will also involve a community outreach team speaking to people on the street, encouraging the public to get tested.

The COVID-19 outbreaks in lincoln have been attributed to the night-time economy, including revellers in bars and clubs, who tend to be younger.

Around a quarter of under-30s in Lincolnshire are yet to be vaccinated.