Thursday 04 February 2021 – Media Release
New Covid-19 Rapid Testing Site Opens in Canary Wharf
A new rapid Covid-19 testing site is now available for residents and workers without Covid-19 symptoms in Canary Wharf, Tower Hamlets.
The testing site is the third community testing site in the borough, providing rapid testing for people who are key workers, cannot work from home, or live with someone in these groups. Taking up a free rapid test twice weekly can help protect these residents and those that they live and work with.
As many as one in three people who have Covid-19 do not have symptoms. The community testing sites help to quickly identify asymptomatic cases to stop the spread of the virus.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “It’s excellent news that we now have this additional testing capacity in our borough. Effective community testing is key in controlling the spread of Covid-19, so having this new site in London’s business hub will be indispensable. While we’re still in the grips of a national lockdown, I’d like to remind residents to continue following the rules regardless of whether they have a negative test result. This remains critically important to protect our community.”
The rapid tests, also known as lateral flow tests, are a quick and convenient way for people to get tested, providing results in under 30 minutes. Anyone who receives a positive test result will need to self-isolate for ten days from the date of the test.
The new test site at Canary Wharf is open from 7.30am-4.30pm daily and is located in Jubilee Place mall, level -2, Canary Wharf, E14 5NY. The test site is currently walk-in only, so booking is not necessary. There are plans to make appointments available at the site.
Shobi Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Canary Wharf Group said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this invaluable service at Canary Wharf for local residents and key workers, ensuring they are able to continue to work per government guidelines or do their essential shopping. Taking up a free rapid test will help protect these residents and those that they live and work with.”
For more information on Covid-19 testing in Tower Hamlets, including other test centre locations and booking, please visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/testing
For further information, please contact:
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166
Notes to Editors:
- Residents with no symptoms but are key workers, can’t work from home or live with someone in those groups are advised to take up rapid tests twice weekly (with a minimum three days between each test).
- Anyone testing positive on a rapid test must follow advice to self-isolate in line with current national guidance. More information is available online towerhamlets.gov.uk/testing
- The two other rapid testing sites in Tower Hamlets can be found at Ecology Pavilion, Mile End Park, E3 5TW (10am-7pm) and 96 Burcham Street, Poplar, E14 0SH (appointment only, 10am-7pm)
About Canary Wharf Group:
Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has overseen the largest urban regeneration project in Europe and is a private real estate company that develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 7.5 million square feet of office space, 0.9 million square feet of retail and over 500 Build to Rent apartments.
The company’s current £2.4 billion construction activity is composed of 500k square feet of commercial properties and over 1,750 new homes, for sale, for rent, intermediate and affordable. The development pipeline includes a further 4.8 million square feet of secured planning, with a further planning opportunity for North Quay of 2.5 million square feet.
CWG is an industry leader in sustainability including purchasing 100% renewable electricity for the Estate since 2012 and zero waste going to landfill from the managed Estate since 2009. CWG is now the largest sustainable developer in the UK with over 10 million square feet of sustainable certified buildings.