Rapid testing. Picture: Ian Burt

Rapid symptom-free Covid testing for West Norfolk residents is continuing and a new location in Downham Market has been added.

Starting next week, from Monday to Friday for two weeks, lateral flow tests will be available at St James Pool at King’s Lynn and the Alive Downham Leisure Centre. Opening times will be 8am to 4pm.

People have been urged to take a test, with results in 30 minutes, if they are symptom-free and leaving their home for essential business.

Stuart Dark, West Norfolk Council cabinet member for environmental services and public protection, said: “I would encourage everyone who has to leave their home in King’s Lynn or Downham Market to undertake essential business to take advantage of this opportunity to have a test and to have the test repeated at least once a week.  

“Anyone of us could have the virus and could be spreading it unknowingly because we do not have any symptoms.  

“Symptom-free testing is an extra tool to help reduce the opportunity for the virus to be transmitted. 

“Even if the test result is negative, it is still vitally important that people follow the lockdown restrictions and adhere to social distancing, handwashing and wear face coverings when required.  

“It is important that we all do our bit to help protect ourselves, protect others and protect West Norfolk.”

The mobile locations will be reviewed every two weeks.

To find your nearest rapid test centre and book an appointment see www.norfolk.gov.uk/rapidtesting