KCC welcomes the government announcement that targeted asymptomatic testing is being offered to secondary schools in Kent before Christmas.
Roger Gough, Leader of Kent County Council said:
“Schools have worked hard to provide high quality education to school children throughout the pandemic and we remain concerned about the high and increasing case numbers in Kent and the number of school age children testing positive. It is right that pupils and families are offered a test to identify cases of coronavirus and ensure swift action can be taken as the festive break approaches.
“Along with other measures being taken to keep children and young people safe, these tests will help reduce the risk of people without symptoms transmitting the virus.
“It is a logistical challenge of considerable scale but we are committed to ensuring that tests are available, and have urged all schools to support the programme.
“I want to remind everyone that there is plenty of testing capacity in the system for people experiencing symptoms, and anyone with symptoms should book a test https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. In addition, I urge people to continue to abide by the rules of Tier 3 restrictions, limit your contact with other people, wear a mask in public places where appropriate and maintain excellent hand hygiene.”