More than 3,000 tested at Burnley Covid-19 station

Around 3,000 tests have been carried out at a Covid-19 testing station in Burnley in its first fortnight.

The testing station in Centenary Way car park (opposite the bus station) has been carrying out twice as many tests daily than any other sites in neighbouring boroughs.

Coun. Margaret Lishman, deputy leader of Burnley Council, said: "This is a testimony to the support of local residents to help tackle Covid-19 and protect each other. I'd like to thank each and every one of those people who have come through the testing station.

"Burnley residents are showing how responsible they are by coming and being tested. A great response from a great town.

The Centenary Way testing station is open between 10am and 3pm, seven days a week.

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"Testing is the way forward and it's how we will beat this pandemic because It tells us who has it and we can then tackle the spread effectively. That way we will get through the biggest challenge we've faced in a generation.

"I'd urge people to come along and be tested, whether you are showing symptoms or not. Young adults in particular should be tested as they are more likely to show no obvious symptoms.

"If you've already been tested why not think about being tested on a regular basis. It's a quick and easy process, it's painless and it helps build up a wider picture of how our borough is dealing with Covid-19.

"These figures, whether the test if positive or negative, will also be vital to provide the evidence needed to get us out of local restrictions and back to whatever the 'new normal' will look like."

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The Centenary Way testing station is open between 10am and 3pm, seven days a week. There's no need to make an appointment and you don't have to be showing symptoms to be tested. Anyone aged 18 or over can be tested and it is free.