All 32 boroughs will draw up plans over coming days to deploy new fast assessments that inform somebody inside minutes if they’re extremely infectious.
Mr Hancock advised the Commonplace he hoped everybody will come ahead when invited to be examined in order that carriers who don’t present signs could be helped to keep away from infecting others.
“Circumstances throughout London are rising quickly and I do know yesterday’s information [that the capital is going into Tier 3 restrictions] may have come as a blow to many – significantly enterprise,” he mentioned.
“However the individuals of London have proven unimaginable spirit all through this pandemic and I do know they are going to work collectively as soon as once more to get this virus underneath management.
“Over the approaching weeks we can be rolling out neighborhood testing proper throughout London and I urge individuals to come back ahead when it’s made out there.”
Over 20 boroughs are presently utilizing the quick assessments on a smaller scale and a few 400,000 take a look at kits have been ordered – which is sufficient for one in 20 Londoners to be examined. However many extra kits can be made out there to London as native leaders draw up their plans, say well being division officers.
Faculty fields and different public land could also be used as websites for brand spanking new fast take a look at centres in some boroughs. Some councils have already made plans, whereas others will take till the New 12 months to get going.
In Liverpool, mass testing utilizing the brand new assessments was used to assist carry down case numbers by two-thirds in a couple of weeks. The kits have been additionally used to check college students earlier than they travelled residence for Christmas.
Critics say the kits can miss many carriers, particularly these with low ranges of the virus, which implies a destructive end result doesn’t imply somebody can assume they’re secure to others. Authorities scientists say they do, nevertheless, spot most of these with infectious ranges of coronavirus and have efficiently eliminated hundreds of carriers from the chain of infections.
Mr Hancock went on: “As many as one in three individuals have the virus with out signs and could possibly be spreading the illness with out understanding it, broadening testing to determine these displaying no signs will imply discovering optimistic instances extra shortly, and assist save lives.
“The earlier we get this virus underneath management, the earlier we are able to ease these restrictions and get again to doing the issues we love.”