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In Pictures: Gloucester coronavirus testing in full swing

New photographs have been released by the Ministry of Defence, providing us with a fresh insight into COVID-19 testing in Gloucester.

Soldiers from Wiltshire based 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh set up and delivered a Coronavirus Mobile Testing Unit at Oxstalls in Gloucester on Thursday, May 7 and it has been testing those with symptoms ever since.

The drive through service to eligible local people and provided more than 800 tests in its first week of operation.

Last Friday, Gloucestershire County Council announced that the site will now remain open until May 21.

As part of the response to COVID-19, the Ministry of Defence has helped to create a network of Mobile Testing Units, which will travel the country to reach eligible people at sites where there is a demand for testing.

Military personnel are currently operating multiple mobile sites across the South West region. The sites are on a smaller scale than the Regional Testing Centres and are to make testing accessible to the whole population.

The Units have been designed to clinical requirements by Army engineers and can be easily set up in under 20 minutes.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said: "The UK Armed Forces are here supporting and helping the country where needed.

"This is their community and protecting it is the calling they answer every day and today they are doing that by providing support to coronavirus testing.

"Together we stand by our civilian colleagues, offering our skilled and adaptable personnel in the fight against coronavirus."

Photographer: Corporal Anil Gurung / MoD Crown


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