For the most part, the first day of Liverpool’s mass test pilot was “very smooth,” said Matt Ashton, public health director for Liverpool City Council.

“It was good, it wasn’t perfect, but we will improve it,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Saturday.

The city in the north of England plans to test up to 50,000 people a day once they are fully functional.

There were some problems with the surgery, however, as some people claimed they had to line up for tests with people they didn’t know had symptoms of the virus.

The UK government hopes to test the city’s entire population – nearly 500,000 people – in 10 days.

Liverpool has some of the highest infection rates in the UK. According to the government, the weekly cases as of Oct.25 are currently 410.4 per 100,000.

Liverpool soccer star Trent Alexander-Arnold sent a message to people in his hometown on Friday.

“Let’s start fighting Covid, let’s test it,” he said in a video posted on the club’s official Twitter account.


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