A second rapid Covid-19 testing centre – for people without symptoms of the virus – has opened in Wolverhampton at the Jamia Masjid Bilal on Newhampton Road West.

It joins the existing rapid testing site which opened at the City of Wolverhampton Council's Civic Centre a fortnight ago.

Rapid testing, which uses lateral flow test technology to provide results in under an hour, is seen as one of the key weapons in the fight against Covid-19 as it can identify cases in people who don't have any symptoms of the virus, but could still be infectious.

Please note, rapid testing is not available to people with symptoms of Covid-19, who must book a regular PCR Covid-19 test as normal, nor to people who have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Testing people without symptoms of Covid-19 is really important because we know that as many as one in three people who have the virus don't have symptoms. That means that they won't realise they've got it, but they may still be infectious.

"If we can find these cases, those who are infected are able to self-isolate which will in turn help break the chain of transmission at an early stage.

"Thousands of people have already taken part in the rapid testing programme in Wolverhampton, and we are delighted to have been able to work with the Jamia Masjid Bilal to set up a second community testing site in the city. 

"So, if you're symptom free, you are welcome to come to either the Jamia Masjid Bilal or the Civic Centre and get yourself tested. You'll get your result inside an hour and, if it turns out you have got Covid-19, you’ll be able to take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your loved ones."

Rapid testing at the Jamia Masjid Bilal is available every day from 10am to 6.30pm except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 

Rapid testing is available at the Civic Centre between 8am and 7pm, Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Civic Centre will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve and reopen between 9am and 3pm from 29 to 31 December. It will be closed again on New Year's Day and reopen for rapid testing only between 8am and 7pm from 2 January.

Free short stay parking is available at St Peters Car Park off Wulfruna Street for people attending the Civic Centre for a test. Please note, the Civic Centre is only open for rapid testing purposes at this time.

Only people without Covid-19 symptoms should attend rapid testing sites. Anyone with symptoms – a fever, a new continuous cough or a change to their sense of taste or smell – must self-isolate and book a test at one of the regular PCR Covid-19 test centres in Wolverhampton via GOV.UK or by calling 119 as normal.

For full details of Covid-19 testing services in Wolverhampton, please visit Coronavirus Testing

Latest data shows there were 270.34 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the seven days to 18 December. That means 711 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that 7 day period – though the true number of new cases will likely be considerably higher.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages. Further details of the Tier 3 Very High Alert restrictions currently in place, and the answers to frequently asked questions, are available at Covid Alert.