Beyoncé joins virus testing initiative in Texas

Pop star Beyoncé has teamed up with her mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, to support a mobile virus testing initiative in their hometown of Houston, Texas.

The #IDIDMYPART campaign, taking place this weekend, aims to bring awareness of the daily testing available at a local medical centre.

It will also provide free masks, gloves, household supplies and 1,000 free tests “administered under safe conditions,” according to a statement.

“The virus is wreaking havoc on the Black community so we need a movement to prioritise our health,” Ms Knowles Lawson said.

Figures from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that 33% of people who’ve been taken to hospital with the virus are African-American, yet only 13% of the US population is African-American.

“Testing is crucial because it helps find hot spots and saves lives,” local Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee said in the statement. “Texas has a very low Covid-19 test rate, second lowest in the nation.”

Source: BBC

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