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1,800 jobs at Covid test lab as tougher lockdown looms

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Rapid testing centre will come to Scotland

A mega-laboratory designed to process huge numbers of Covid-19 tests will be based in Scotland and create 1,800 jobs.

The high throughput lab is one of two being set up by the Department for Health and Social Care.

The announcement comes amid speculation that the Scottish Government will introduce tougher restrictions for areas where cases have stabilised but remain “stubbornly” high.

Some parts of the central belt could be put into the top tier Level Four meaning closure of all but essential businesses for two weeks. The next review is on Tuesday (17 November).

Commenting on the new mega-lab, Linda Hanna, interim CEO of Scottish Enterprise, said: “The decision to choose Scotland as a location for this ultra-high throughput lab is a real vote of confidence.

“This new mega-lab will ramp-up the number of tests that can be processed each day, while also delivering a significant jobs boost and new supply chain opportunities for Scottish companies.

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