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Covid mobile testing unit on Shankill Road

Rangers fans celebrate on Shankill Road

A Covid mobile testing unit has been set up on west Belfast's Shankill Road.

Hundreds of men, women and children packed nearby streets to celebrate Rangers' Scottish Premiership title victory earlier this month.

Police described the "street party" scenes as "clearly a breach of the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations".

The gathering sparked fears of an outbreak of infections.

One of nine Covid mobile testing units is located at Northumberland Street Car Park on Kendal Street, behind the area's leisure centre.

A Public Health Agency (PHA) spokesman said the location of its testing sites "is kept under constant review".

"Mobile testing is an agile capability that allows temporary testing sites to be set up quickly to serve communities on a rolling basis," he said.

"Mobile Test Units (MTU) placements take account of multiple factors including circulating levels of Covid-19 in a locality, response to clusters or outbreaks, the need to support special circumstances such as care homes and universities, and the overall need for testing."

The PHA added that it "would encourage everyone to only book a test if you have the symptoms of Covid-19, which are a new continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a change in sense of smell or taste".

"How to book a test can be found at www.pha.site/cvtesting."

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