Liverpool City Council has just announced that any hackney or private hire drivers in the city can now get a coronavirus test - whether they have symptoms or not.
ALL drivers are being URGED to immediately book in for a virus test at the Wavertree Sports Park test centre.
The move is the latest from the city's Public Health team who are fighting back against a sudden 'rapid rise' of infections in the city - mainly focussed around the southern ward of Princes Park.
Liverpool's overall case count has risen rapidly in recent weeks - from 37 cases confirmed from July 20-27 to 71 cases confirmed between July 28 and August 3.
A large proportion of these cases come from residents in Princes Park, with neighbouring wards of Picton and Greenbank also seeng a rise in cases.
Liverpool is currently employing an 'enhanced outbreak control' plan which it hopes will stop the city moving towards a wider lockdown, like what we have seen in Greater Manchester and parts of Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Princes Park is an area with a large BAME community and the council is working with faith and community leaders to spread the messaging about measures being taken to stem the flow of infections.
Currently anyone living in the ward, which includes parts of Toxteth and Dingle, is being told not to enter another household or stay over with family and friends.
Those on the government's shielding list are being told to remain isolated from others, while care home visiting, events and gatherings in the area have all been suspended.
The care home restrictions now also apply to the Picton and Greenbank wards.
Taxi drivers are being asked to use the drive-in testing centre at Wavertree, rather than the new pop-up testing sites in the Princes Park area.
Any drivers can book a test by visiting: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/