Residents are being reminded of the importance of taking a rapid Covid-19 test before visiting busy places or meeting with others who might be more vulnerable.

While cases have dropped locally and nationally since hitting a pandemic high in mid January, over 1,000 people in Wolverhampton tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

Rapid testing is free and can help identify cases among people without symptoms of Covid-19, helping them stop the onward spread of the virus.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Infection rates have fallen dramatically in recent weeks, which is very welcome news. But at the same time, we cannot lose sight of the fact that Covid-19 remains a very real threat and we must all stay alert.

"To help stop the spread of the virus, we are advising people to continue getting a regular Covid-19 test, particularly before and after meeting up with more vulnerable people, or going to crowded places. This is especially important if you are planning on visiting vulnerable residents over the half term holidays.”

Walk in rapid testing is available at the Jamia Masjid Bilal, Newhampton Road, from 10am to 7pm daily, and the Civic Centre, open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8am to 6pm and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am to 5pm, as well as from selected local pharmacies.

Home rapid test kits are available from a number of locations in Wolverhampton including the Jamia Masjid Bilal, the Civic Centre, WV Active leisure centres and Wolverhampton, Bilston and Wednesfield markets. They can also be ordered online at GOV.UK

People with symptoms of Covid-19 are reminded that they must self isolate immediately and book a PCR test online at GOV.UK or by calling 119. 

There were 400.1 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days. That means 1,052 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of cases will likely be higher.