Covid drive-through testing centre opens in town car park
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A drive-through coronavirus testing centre has taken over part of a car park in a Norfolk town.
The site, which is located at the back of the 446-space Cherry Tree car park just off Theatre Street officially opened at the end of March, Breckland Council has confirmed.
The test centre is open every Tuesday and Wednesday for drive through tests booked on the government's coronavirus testing website, for people in a car, van or motorbike.
A spokesperson from the Department of Health and Social Care confirmed they had a regular mobile testing unit placed in the car park, which has been in place for a couple of weeks.
Now residents will be able to book an appointment and get a test within an hour, space permitting.
A spokesperson from Norfolk County Council said: "If you have any coronavirus symptoms, you must self-isolate at home straight away and get a test. People you live with in your household must also isolate with you at home.
"You need to get the test done in the first eight days of displaying any one of the symptoms. It works best if you get it done in three days. So do not wait."
It comes as the government announced everyone is to be given access to a free and rapid coronavirus test twice a week from next Friday.
Rapid testing has so far been available to those most at risk and people who need to leave home for work, including frontline NHS workers.
The wider rollout aims to help identify and control new coronavirus variants, and comes as lockdown restrictions are gradually eased across the UK.