Mobile testing units will travel around the UK to increase access to coronavirus testing, the government announced in a statement on Sunday.
The network of testing units will be operated by the military and target vulnerable sites such as care homes, police stations and prisons.
The Department of Health statement said the new units will operate alongside existing drive-through test sites in order to “rapidly increase the number of tests done each day.”
Specially trained military personnel will collect swabs at the mobile sites, before they are sent to mega-labs for processing. Those tested will receive results within 48 hours.
Rapid expansion of a network of mobile test units is now underway, according to the statement, with new units being fielded in the coming weeks and at least 96 ready to be deployed by the start of May.