A mass testing program has been launched today in selected areas of greater Glasgow to detect coronavirus more effectively.
Five coronavirus hotspots in Scotland are being targeted, including Glasgow and Renfrewshire.
This means that asymptomatic cases – people who do not show symptoms – can detect them and help prevent infection.
Professor Jason Leach, Scotland’s clinical director, said the project could expand to more communities if successful.
Where can I get it?
Residents of Dalmarnock and parts of Polokshield in Glasgow are being encouraged to book tests if they do not have symptoms of covid.
The two sites are open from 9am to 4pm on December 9th today and will be able to test 800 people each day.
A Glasgow City Council spokesman said the units were located in the Emirates Arena car park and across the ground from the Tramway Theater in Albert Drive.
These will be operated by the Scottish Ambulance Service and aim to deliver results within 24 to 48 hours.
Asymptomatic tests in all locations allow local residents to book online.
If you live in Renfrushire, a seven-day drop-in testing service will be available at Johnstone Town from Wednesday.
Local residents will be given lateral flow tests, which can be processed on site and give results within an hour.
It will be able to test up to 12,000 people a week.
Book online here.
Scottish students will be able to go home for Christmas under the official exam plan.
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) today launched a bid to help students get home by opening a CVID-19 testing center for asymptomatic students on campus.
The new Student Test site will run until 12 December and will be open from 10am to 6am Students from GCU, Royal Conservatory of Scotland, Glasgow Kelvin College and City of Glasgow College are keen to travel for the festive season
These tests, taken at three-day intervals, are designed to identify students who carry the virus but do not show symptoms of Cavid-19.
Working with NHS Test & Trace, the on-campus testing site will be located in the CEE building and operate from Monday to Saturday and will be completely separate from the existing UK Government-run COVID-19 testing center at the ARC Sports Center in September.
Students from the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow School of Art will be able to book the Lateral Flow Antigen Test at the Hunter Hall and Kelvin Gallery here.
What about health and social care?
Last week, Health Secretary Jean Freeman announced plans for a significant expansion of testing for patients, health and social care workers and the Level 4 community at the hospital.
From next week, all emergency admission tests will be tested for Covid, and bi-weekly lateral flow tests will be introduced at the Covid-19 assessment center and Scottish Ambulance Service for all patient-oriented healthcare workers working at the hospital.
It is expected that by the end of December the entire sector will be completely removed from the tests.