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Swaffham hosts Covid testing this week

People living in or around Swaffham are being encouraged to come forward to access symptom-free Covid testing.

It will see two locations used, the Theatre Street Car park, on tomorrow and Saturday and the Market Place car park Wednesday and Friday.

Around one in three people who are infected with Covid-19 show no symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it.

18 people test positive for Covid-19 (47940142)
18 people test positive for Covid-19 (47940142)

As lockdown eases, and we get to meet with family and friends again, it is vital that residents can be assured they are not carrying Covid-19 and spreading Covid-19 to family, friends or within the workplace.

The asymptomatic testing programme is being delivered locally in partnership between Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council's Public Health team. The programme has already been offered in other parts of the county, including Thetford, Watton, Lynn, Great Yarmouth, and Norwich.

People without Covid-19 symptoms can simply drop into the centre and receive their lateral flow test as part of the asymptomatic programme.

Anybody who does have symptoms - a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste - should instead book a test via the NHS or by calling 119.

Sam Chapman-Allen, Breckland Council's leader, said: "We need to take every measure possible as we open up our community to ensure Covid-19 is not spreading undetected within the community, and possibly putting vulnerable people at risk.

"These tests can help identify people who have Covid but no symptoms, ensuring they avoid spreading it to their friends, loved ones and within their communities. I hope residents will make the most of the opportunity to access a test which does not require pre-booking."

Location and opening times: Theatre Street car park tomorrow and Saturday 8am-6.30 pm; Market Place car park Wednesday and Friday 8am-6.30 pm.

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