A giant city-scale projection: Liverpool is testing all its inhabitants to fight Covid-19.
500,000 inhabitants who with or without coronavirus symptoms can be tested. The government has opened dozens of centers and deployed 2,000 soldiers as reinforcements to break the chain of contamination in a severely affected city.
This is the second time in two weeks that Paul has been tested, works in the town hall and sets the example: “Here is one of the centers reserved for people who do not have symptoms so there is no reason to believe that they are contaminated.” At the entrance, the soldiers in charge of logistics hand over a piece of paper containing a QR code for you to enter your coordinates. Then another soldier gives him a special wrapped cotton swab. Paul then dedicates himself to following the procedure: “It was very fast, ten minutes no more and he will have the result in about twenty minutes by phone.”
Breaking the chain of virus transmission
Liverpool residents are encouraged to get tested once a week. The objective is to detect asymptomatic cases, isolate themselves and thus break the chain of transmission. Steven leaves the testing center a few minutes later: “This is the second time I’ve been tested. If people don’t, we won’t be able to control the epidemic. I take care of my mother too. Old man, so I have to make sure I don’t pass it on to her. “
The trial period for this mass screening should last ten days at least, but it could well be extended.