Walk-in Covid-19 test centre opens

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Loughborough is getting a new walk-in coronavirus testing centre after an increase in positive test results.

Charnwood Borough Council said the semi-permanent site, known as a Local Testing Site (LTS), is being set up in Limehurst Avenue and is due to open on Friday, September 25. It is likely to remain for several months.

Local Testing Sites are designed to supplement existing testing routes such as regional and mobile testing units. They are part of a national network being created by government. Charnwood Borough Council has assisted by providing this site.

The site offers walk-through appointments only. Appointments can be booked at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Please only book a test if you have one of the symptoms of Covid-19, such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss of smell or taste. Users attending the site will be asked to self-swab.

Cllr Jenny Bokor, lead member for Loughborough, said: "Testing is an important element in the fight against the pandemic and I am pleased we will have this facility in town.

"I would strongly encourage people to only get a test if they have one of the symptoms of Covid-19. If you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss of smell or taste, then book a test."

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