All residents of one city will be tested for Covid once a fortnight

 All residents of one city will be tested for Covid once a fortnight
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Here are the coronavirus morning headlines for Tuesday, November 3, as some half a million people are to be offered regular coronavirus testing in a pilot scheme hailed as having the potential to be a “powerful new weapon” in the fight against the disease.

All residents and workers in Liverpool will be offered repeat testing whether or not they have symptoms, the Department of Health said.

The approach will see the city, which has a population of 498,042, become the first place to trial a wider testing scheme in England from Friday.

Some will get new tests giving results within an hour which, if successful, could be rolled out to “millions” by Christmas, the government says.

Liverpool has one of the highest rates of coronavirus in England.

The latest figures show the city recorded 1,754 cases in the week up to 30 October. Wales as a whole now averages 258.5 cases per 100,000 people.

Along with the surrounding region, Liverpool was the first part of England to go into tier three restrictions.

The pilot aims to limit spread of the virus by identifying as many infected people as possible, and taking action to break chains of transmission.

The mass testing pilot, which will see 2,000 military personnel deployed to help with the logistics, will come into effect a day after new national lockdown measures are due to take hold across England.

Boris Johnson said, depending on the success of rapid turnaround tests in the pilot, the aim is to distribute millions of them between now and Christmas to “empower local communities to use them to drive down transmission in their areas”.

The new restrictions, announced by the PM in a televised press conference at the weekend, will be put to a vote in Parliament on Wednesday, but a growing number of senior MPs on the Conservative backbenches have indicated they will vote against them.

Latest figures for Wales

Three more people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 1,600 new cases have been identified.

Public Health Wales (PHW), in its daily update on Monday, November 2, confirmed that 1,646 m

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