Milton Keynes coronavirus testing lab celebrates completion of half a million tests

    The Coronavirus Lighthouse Lab in Milton Keynes is celebrating the completion of 500,000 tests,

    It follows the opening of the lab at the start of April, which the Health Secretary described as being part of the 'biggest diagnostic lab network in British history'.

    Since the opening, two further Lighthouse Labs have opened in Alderley Park and Glasgow.

    Adrienne Cox, who is volunteering at the Milton Keynes lab, tweeted to say: "So proud to be part of the COVID-19 testing effort here in Milton Keynes, where we are celebrating half a million test runs this evening!"

    According to ITV, each day, swabs arrive at the centre at around 6am. Every swab that arrives is from an individual who has a suspected case of coronavirus.

    Swab tests can now be taken at drive-through test centres throughout the country, including one in Central Milton Keynes, which are open appointment-only for key workers and their household members who show symptoms.

    Then, once the tests arrive at the centre, volunteers and staff manually record, check, and sort the swab kits before they go to the lab for processing.

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