December 5, 2020

Liverpool’s mass-testing shows promise, but must reach more people

Jurgen Klopp’s best efforts were not enough.

If you want something done on Merseyside, it helps to have Jurgen Klopp on your team. On November 5th, the manager of Liverpool fc posted a short video on social media urging people to get tested for covid-19. “Regular testing has kept the Premier League going,” he said. “Let’s do it together; let’s do it for Liverpool.”

Mr Klopp’s video was part of the “moonshot” programme’s first major trial. In September, a leak revealed the government was prepared to spend more than £100bn ($130bn) on mass testing—an approach championed by Dominic Cummings, then the prime minister’s chief adviser. Nothing like that much has been spent yet.


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