THE rapid Covid-19 testing centre at St George's Hall in Bradford city centre has re-opened this afternoon after undergoing a deep clean.

Earlier today, Bradford Council said the site would be temporarily closed.

In an update, the Council said: “The lateral flow site at St George’s has been deep cleaned this morning and will be opening today from 12.30pm. 

"We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

A spokesperson told the Telegraph & Argus: As part of the infection control measures deep cleaning is carried out as part of a regular process.A positive test was confirmed this morning which necessitated the deep clean.

"Where someone tests positive for a lateral flow test the site is temporarily closed and deep cleaned. This is a routine process."

The St George's Hall site and one at Airedale Shopping Centre in Keighley opened just before Christmas and are used for rapid lateral flow tests, which give results in 30 minutes and are used to help identify people without symptoms who have Covid-19.

When it opened, Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Healthy People and Places said: “Lateral flow testing could significantly improve the detection of positive cases.  It enables more people who have the virus but are without symptoms, to self-isolate and help prevent the spread of the virus.

“The testing we’re offering at St George’s Hall and the Airedale Shopping Centre is for people who do not have Covid-19 symptoms I would urge people to get themselves tested, to help Bradford district to get back to as normal a life as possible, as soon as possible.

“To improve our chances of detecting positive cases, people who test negative can book themselves a test each week if they wish.

"By getting tested regularly we can save lives, keep our loved ones safe and help to stop the virus spreading. Please do not go to either of the lateral flow testing centres if you do have symptoms – they are only for people with no symptoms. Instead you can book a test online at www.nhs/coronavirusor by calling 119.”