Preston road closed because of 'sheer level of congestion' caused by people waiting for coronavirus tests

The county council closed a city road earlier, blaming the "sheer level of congestion for people accessing" the coronavirus Covid-19 testing site at Preston's College.

Saturday, 25th April 2020, 4:56 pm
Updated Saturday, 25th April 2020, 5:00 pm

Preston Police said in a tweet the junction of St Vincent's Road and Sharoe Green Lane were shut.

"If you are accessing [the] test site or live off St Vincent's Road, please access via Garstang Road," it said.

"If not, please avoid. Thanks."

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The drive-through tented facility is housed on the main car park at Preston's College in Fulwood, just a stone's throw from the Royal Preston Hospital.

It comes as coronavirus tests for key workers through the Government’s new booking website ran out in England for a second day in a row.

More than 10 million key workers and their households are now eligible for Covid-19 tests as officials race to hit their 100,000-a-day testing target by next Thursday.

However, home testing kits were listed as “unavailable” on the Government’s booking website just 15 minutes after it reopened this morning, according to the BBC.

The testing centre at Preston's College

It was also not possible to book tests at drive-through regional sites in England and Northern Ireland by 10am.

According to the site, tests at a drive-through regional site in Scotland are still available.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said more will be made available from Sunday morning at 8am.