Wolverhampton's 5 coronavirus test centres remain open during the national lockdown which is now underway – and people who have symptoms of Covid-19 are being reminded that they must get a test.

Symptoms include a fever, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to a person’s sense of taste and smell. People can book a test online by visiting GOV.UK or by calling 119. In addition, a total of 50 tests per day are available without prior appointment at the city’s Faulkland Street walk through test centre, on a first come, first served basis.

The city's 4 other test centres – a drive through centre at Aldersley Leisure Village and walk through centres at Showell Road and Blakenhall Community Resource Centre in Wolverhampton and Mountford Lane in Bilston – remain appointment only.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "It’s really important to remember that, while we may now be in lockdown, our Covid-19 test centres remain open. You must get a test if you need one; whether that’s because you’ve developed symptoms of coronavirus, or because you’ve been asked to get tested by the council or your employer. 

“Testing is crucial in the fight against coronavirus – primarily of course it will enable people to find out whether they have got Covid-19 and to take whatever steps are necessary as a result. But it also helps the council and our health partners to understand where we are in the fight against coronavirus as a city and a country, and to better respond to outbreaks as and when they occur.”

Details of all of Wolverhampton’s test centres can be found at Coronavirus Testing. People are reminded that they should wear a face covering when attending walk through centres, only removing these while the test is taking place. 

Latest data shows there were 293.16 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the 7 days to 6 November. That means that around 770 people in the city tested positive for the virus in the same 7 day period – though the true figure will be higher.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at Coronavirus advice and information. For full details of the national lockdown measures, please visit COVID Alert or GOV.UK.