Norfolk health bosses issue Covid testing plea as infection rates creep up
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Everyone in Norfolk is being urged to get tested twice a week for coronavirus - as case numbers continue to creep up.
The figure does, however, remain far lower than the average for England, which stands at 149 per 100,000.
Across the country, only the Isle of Wight has a lower rate.
But, in a bid to control the spread of the virus, health officials are reminding the public of the testing options available to them.
Dr Louise Smith, Norfolk's director of public health, said: "Even with the vaccination programme going well, we all have to remember to get tested - it’s just as important as ever.
"While the vaccines do an excellent job of mitigating Covid symptoms and avoid hospitalisation, even those who are fully vaccinated can still catch, and worse, transmit the virus.
"To protect our loved ones and our communities, we need to continue to get tested.
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"Getting tested regularly goes hand in hand with Hands, Face, Space as the best way to slow the spread of Covid and keep case numbers down."
Taking two symptom-free tests every week is being encouraged among all residents, including those who have received jabs.
Around one in three people with coronavirus are asymptomatic and can therefore spread the disease without realising.
This type of testing is done via lateral flow devices, which do not need to be sent to a laboratory and produce a positive or negative result in around 30 minutes.
The process can be observed by trained professionals at Norfolk's range of community venues, or at a mobile unit run by the county council.
They can also be ordered online or picked up free of charge from any pharmacy or library to be completed at home.
To book a test, visit the Norfolk County Council website.
Anyone showing symptoms of the virus - including a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a change of sense of smell or taste - can book a PCR test online by visiting gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.