LONDON (Reuters) – A drive-through coronavirus testing facility for health workers has begun operating in the car park of a popular resort near London, part of a British government drive to ramp up testing for those on the frontline of the epidemic.
The Chessington World of Adventures theme park, which usually hosts families seeking a fun day out, has turned one of its main car parks into a testing unit for National Health Service (NHS) staff, a spokeswoman said on Saturday.
The government, which had been criticized by some doctors and nurses for not providing them with enough protective gear and testing kits, announced on Friday it was introducing a much bigger testing regime for the NHS.
The United Kingdom has so far reported 14,579 cases of the virus and 759 deaths, with the peak of the epidemic in the country expected to come in several weeks.
The country is largely on lock-down, with Britons urged to stay home. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and health minister Matt Hancock are among those who have tested positive.
“We are proud to be able to offer our assistance to the NHS during this unprecedented time,” the theme park said in a statement.
The facility at Chessington, which is being run by health ministry officials and conducted its first tests on Friday, consists of a series of cabins widely spread out across the car park.
Staff in high-visibility jackets are on hand to direct NHS staff arriving in cars. For now, only those who have been specifically referred for testing will be given access.
The health workers, who remain in their cars, are tested by nurses who carry out swabs in the nose and mouth through car windows.
The government said on Friday that it had set up a new partnership with firms including Thermo Fisher Scientific, Randox and Boots, and with top UK universities, to scale up the testing regime.
The first of three new hub laboratories that are being put into place is expected to process around 800 samples over the weekend. The number of tests being processed will then rise dramatically, according to the health ministry.
The NHS is also setting up three new temporary hospitals in London, Birmingham and Manchester. At the enormous Excel Centre trade show venue in east London, large numbers of ambulances and paramedics were on site on Saturday as part of preparations for the facility to open next week.
The government also said it was starting to deliver food boxes to people deemed at high risk from the illness, who have been advised by the NHS to stay at home for 12 weeks.
In what it described as the biggest effort to deliver supplies to those in need since World War Two, the ministry of housing, communities and local government said the first of 50,000 free food boxes containing items such as pasta and tinned goods would be delivered over the weekend.
Some 1.5 million clinically vulnerable people have been advised to shield themselves at home for 12 weeks.
Like numerous other countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Britain has brought in strict social distancing measures.
The public have been instructed to stay at home, going out only to buy food or medicines or for exercise once a day. Schools, shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes are closed and anyone who can work from home is expected to do so.
Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Frances Kerry
- Girl, 11, who drowned at theme park was on ride without a teacher, inquest told
- Great Barrier Reef changes image from marine park to theme park with underwater statues and hotels
- After a decade of R&D, MaidSafe’s decentralized network opens for alpha testing
- First pictures of huge £3.5BILLION ‘British Disneyland’ set to open 20 minutes from London
- Boris Johnson the wrecking ball! PM is let loose in a Brexit-themed JCB and smashes through a wall marked 'gridlock' as he tries to regain momentum as polls show he could face ANOTHER hung parliament
- Legacy, what legacy? Five years on the London Olympic park battle still rages
- The UK and the EU part 4: I will survive
- Could this wheelie bin be the solution to the pill testing stalemate?
- These are the 22 key seats to watch on UK election night
- Winter weekenders: 15 picturesque UK towns for a pre-Christmas break
- Families of four British soldiers killed in 1982 Hyde Park bomb begin battle for 'justice' in civil lawsuit against convicted IRA member John Downey - whose 'fingerprints link him to attack'
- From opening up her home to film The Crown to now launching her own gin, the savvy Duchess of Rutland is the UK's most business-minded aristocrat
- Football and food banks: How UK soccer fans are helping tackle society's 'gaping wound'
- Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino Faces Acid Test After Tottenham Hotspur's Transfer Woes
- Crows training sessions to need 'poo patrol' once Football Park is opened to the dogs
- Newcastle United vs Manchester United: Newcastle Pile Pressure On Manchester United With Shock Win
- Jeremy Hunt's luxury flats error gets mixed response from locals
- How Self-Driving Cars Work: The Nuts and Bolts Behind Google’s Autonomous Car Program
- Are THESE the best Christmas toys of 2019? UK fathers reveal their top picks after testing them out at home (and the winners cost as little as £6.99)
- Will you need a driving licence in the age of self-driving cars?
|Disney D-Tech iPhone 5 Case Cover Vintage Minnie Mouse Theme Parks Exclusive & Limited Availability (check at Amazon)||5.0|
|Vintage Theme Park Map iPhone 4/4s Case Hard Plastic Cell Phone Case (check at Amazon)||5.0|
|Disney D-Tech iPhone 5 Case Cover Sleeping Beauty Castle Disney Theme Parks Exclusive & Limited Availability (check at Amazon)||5.0|
|Disney D-Tech iPhone 4 4s Case Cover Star Wars Stormtrooper Theme Parks Exclusive & Limited Availability (check at Amazon)||1.0|
|Samsung Galaxy S4 Case – Fantasy Themed – White Horses Running Through Water – White Plastic Case (check at Amazon)||1.0|
|Disney D-Tech iPhone 4 4s Case Cover Star Wars R2-D2 Theme Parks Exclusive & Limited Availability (check at Amazon)||5.0|
|SIM Theme Park (Gold Edition) (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Sim Theme Park (check at Amazon)||3.4|
|Theme Park - Nintendo 64 (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Sim Theme Park - PC (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park (check at Amazon)||3.9|
|Universal Studios Theme Park (check at Amazon)||2.4|
|Theme Park Roller Coaster (check at Amazon)||3.1|
|Theme Park (check at Amazon)||3.8|
|Theme Park (Jewel Case) - PC (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Theme Park for Atari Jaguar 64 Bit (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Peppa Pig - Theme Park Fun (Nintendo DS) (check at Amazon)||4.9|
|Theme Park World (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Theme Park Inc. (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|SimMania 3 (Sim Copter / Sim Golf / Sim City 3000 / Sim Theme Park / Sim Coaster / Sim Safari) (check at Amazon)||3.3|
|Theme Park Roller Coaster- PS2 (check at Amazon)||3.0|
|Sim Mania 2: SimCity 3000, Sim Theme Park, Sim Coaster, and Sid Meier's Sim Golf (check at Amazon)||2.3|
|California Theme Parks (check at Amazon)||3.0|
|International Theme Parks (check at Amazon)||2.5|
|Drive Through History: Columbus, the Pilgrims, and Early Boston (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Twilight Syndrome: Deadly Theme Park (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Walt Disney's Disneyland and Freedomland - Vintage Footage of America's Theme Parks, Rides, Attractions, Shows and Characters (check at Amazon)||3.5|
|The Mummy Theme Park (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Disney Star Wars Collectible Figures Toy Playset Theme Park Exclusive (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Candy Apple by Maria Clapsis - Disney Vinylmation ~3" Cutesters Too Series Designer Figure (Disney Theme Parks Exclusive) (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Disney Theme Park Exclusive Toy Story Deluxe Talking Emperor Zurg Action Figure (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Retired Disney Theme Park Pin Trader 8 Inch Plush Pin Trading Mickey Mouse Bean Bag Doll - New with Tags (check at Amazon)||5.0|
|Disney Tinkerbell Polly Pocket Fashion Play Set [Disney Theme Park Exclusive] (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Disney Parks Exclusive Candyland Theme Park Edition Game (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Deluxe Upgraded Remote Controlled Monorail Play Set - Disneyland Theme Park Exclusive - Limited Availability (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Peppa Pig's Theme Park Big Wheel (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Peppa Pig Theme Park Helter Skelter Playset Toy (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|McDonalds Drive Through Center (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Disney Theme Park Edition III Monopoly Game (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Disney Stitch Pillow Pal Pet Plush Doll - Disney Theme Park Authentic (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Disney Star Wars Pixar Cars Chick Hicks as Boba Fett 1/55 Die-Cast Series 2 - Theme Park Exclusive Limited Edition (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Disney Cars Time Travel Mater Stanley and Lizzie Wedding Day Die-Cast Set - Limited Theme Park Exclusive Edition (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Disney Parks Toy Story Flying Buzz Lightyear Volant (Helicopter) - Disney Theme Parks Exclusive & Limited Availability (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Peppa Pig's Theme Park Figures *SUZY SHEEP & CANDY CAT* (Dispatched From UK) (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Disney Theme Parks Exclusive Mickey Mouse Icon Corkscrew Wine Stopper Bottle Topper Opener Set (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|CAR DINER DRIVE THROUGH Game Room Open Beer Cafe Store Display Beer Bar Neon Light Sign 19*15 (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Florida Splendid China Theme Park, U. S. A. (Grand opening Book) (check at Amazon)||5.0|
|The Cheapskate's Guide To Theme Parks: 25 Of the Most Popular Theme Parks in the United States (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Open Road's Disney World & Orlando Theme Parks (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Themes Teachers Use: Classroom-Tested Units for Young Children (check at Amazon)||0.0|
Theme park opens drive-through coronavirus testing unit as UK ramps up response have 1583 words, post on www.reuters.com at March 28, 2020. This is cached page on USA Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.