Another coronavirus testing facility opens in Walsall amid increase in cases

A coronavirus testing centre has opened in Walsall as part of a bid to curb the spread of the virus in the borough.

The facility has opened at the Darlaston Community Recreation Centre with people in the area urged to book tests.

Figures for Walsall, in the week leading up to September 6, show a rate of 23 cases per 100,000 – with 66 new cases.

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It comes after a walk-through testing site was opened at Walsall Town Hall – with a mobile testing unit at Wakes Ground car and lorry park in Willenhall open until Monday.

Councillor Stephen Craddock, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: "We are pleased to be able to offer this testing facility in Darlaston especially as it will enable those without a vehicle to get tested as well.

"The test for coronavirus is free and it is important that we all follow government guidance about getting tested if we start to show any symptoms. These are a loss or change in sense of smell or taste, a high temperature or a new continuous cough.

"Even if you have one of these symptoms, no matter how mild please stay at home and book a test straight away. Everyone who you live with and those in your support bubble, must also stay at home."

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