TORREVIEJA council carried out mass COVID-19 testing on teachers and school staff yesterday(September 16), after their plans were initially scuppered by the Valencian government.

A court overturned the Valencian veto last week, which came just hours before the tests were due to start on September 2 at the beginning of the new school year.

Regional bosses objected to the testing on the grounds that they broke public health guidelines and questioned whether they met scientific standards.

A dozen workers from the local health provider, Ribera Salud, ran the tests yesterday at Torrevieja´s Centro Municipal de Ocio.

Around 1,200 voluntary tests were conducted and results are expected within 24 hours.

Anybody who tests positive for COVID-19 will be given a more accurate PCR test.

Torrevieja mayor, Eduardo Dolon, said that he did not regard the testing as a ‘victory for the council over the Valencian government but more of a win for the citizens of Torrevieja’.

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