New Essex Covid test centre to open for people with no symptoms

A new rapid coronavirus testing centre has opened in an Essex town where Covid-19 cases continue to surge.

The fast testing centre will soon be available for Colchester residents who do not have symptoms of coronavirus.

From tomorrow (Saturday, January 16), a new fast testing centre will be available in Colchester for those residents who do not have symptoms of Covid-19.

It is the latest lateral flow testing centre to open in the north of the county where cases are rapidly spiking.

In Colchester, the current infection rate is now 659.5 per 100,000 residents according to the latest data.

This is down from the previous seven days, but Colchester was in Tier 2 until Boxing Day due to its lower rates.

The new testing centre, which hopes to lower the number of Covid-19 cases in the borough, will be located at Colchester Leisure World, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, CO1 1YH.

These lateral flow tests give results within 30 minutes and are for people without symptoms of the deadly virus.

Tests are by appointment only and bookings should be made online.

Anyone booking should live in the Colchester borough, and tests can be booked here.

Booking online is the quickest and most effective option for residents seeking a Lateral Flow Test.

Residents can also book by calling 0333 772 6144 to arrange an appointment.

Lines are open from 8am to 8pm every day, including Saturday and Sunday.

They can also email: booking.confirmation@nhs.net and a member of staff will contact them to arrange an appointment.

Anyone with Covid symptoms should book a test via the NHS Test and Trace App, or online here.

Essex Live