COVID testing centre opens at Liverpool's Anfield stadium

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VIDEO SHOWS: BRITISH SOLDIERS AT LIVERPOOL'S ANFIELD STADIUM WORKING IN A COVID TESTING CENTRE

SHOWS: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 9, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

1. SOLDIER WALKING PAST STATUE OF FORMER LIVERPOOL MANAGER, BILL SHANKLY

2. SOLDIERS STANDING NEXT TO AN 'LFC SUPERSTORE' / IMAGES OF LIVERPOOL PLAYERS MO SALAH AND VIRGIL VAN DIJK ON THE SIDE OF ANFIELD STADIUM

3. SOLDIERS INSIDE TESTING CENTRE AT ANFIELD STADIUM

4. VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS AT ANFIELD TESTING CENTRE

5. STADIUM TOUR SIGN / SOLDIER

STORY: A COVID-19 testing centre opened at Liverpool football club's Anfield Stadium on Monday (November 9).

Soldiers from the Royal Artillery regiment helped operate the centre, which is part of the city's new COVID-19 mass testing pilot scheme.

It offers everyone tests whether or not they have symptoms, in an attempt to find a new way to use testing to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised a "world-beating" national test-and-trace system earlier this year, whereby people with symptoms get tested and the contacts of positive cases are asked to self-isolate.

But the scheme has disappointed and the government's scientific advisory body said last month its impact on virus transmission was marginal.

The United Kingdom has the highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe, and a second national lockdown came into force in England last Thursday, but the government has cited the prospect of regular mass-testing, which can pick up asymptomatic cases, by the spring as a reason for optimism.

(Production: Phil Noble / Francis Maguire)