Mystery new set up on Milton Keynes car park sparks coronavirus test centre rumours

    A mystery new set-up on a car park in Milton Keynes City Centre has sparked rumours that it could be a new drive through coronavirus testing centre.

    The car park opposite the old Toys R Us unit on Grafton Street was completely empty yesterday afternoon.

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    But overnight a massive amount of infrastructure has appeared on the site including a number of portable structures, vehicles and toilets.

    Drive through coronavirus test centres have been opened at a number of locations across the UK in the past few weeks.

    Images from the centre which recently opened at a branch of IKEA in Wembley show similar tent structures to the ones in the Milton Keynes car park.

    It comes as the government announced that coronavirus testing will shortly be rolled out to people working in public services such as police, fire and prison staff.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said capacity was rising "sharply" but not as many NHS staff had come forward for tests as had been expected.

    The government said 21,328 tests were carried out on Thursday but there had been capacity for at least 38,000.

    It is being reported that a number of new drive through test centres will open in the next week, with local media in Portsmouth, Manchester, Lancashire and Hull reporting that they expect centres to open in their areas shortly.

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