Pupils urged to stick to Covid-testing through the half term

People, Health and Care
11:52, Friday, 28th May 2021

School pupils are being urged to continue taking their coronavirus tests at home through the May half term.

Children attending secondary schools are required to take two lateral flow tests per week, reporting their result to NHS Test and Trace and sharing their result with the school.

Pupils have been provided with the tests and should ensure they are completed through the half-term holiday.

The call comes as the infection rate in North Lincolnshire has fallen by almost 70% since the end of April.

Together with the vaccination programme, regular testing is a powerful tool in the fight to contain the spread of the virus.

Steve Pintus, Northern Lincolnshire’s Director of Public Health, said:

“While the latest figures for North Lincolnshire are encouraging, we must remain on our guard.

“The figures show that people have acted responsibly, even with restrictions being relaxed. Staff and pupils at schools across our area continue to play an integral part in this. They have been fantastic, responding to changing guidelines with great flexibility.

“I would like to thank pupils for their efforts and urge them to keep up their coronavirus testing, which is so important to driving down the risk of infection. The vaccination programme is showing us the way out of this pandemic, but Covid-19 is still circulating. We cannot afford to take our foot off the pedal.”