Local residents are being urged to book a covid test, even if they do not have any symptoms.
Leader of the council, Mark Townsend, said: “The UK’s chief medical officers issued a statement saying that the NHS risks being overwhelmed in January and we are now in national lockdown.”
“I am calling on all residents over the age of 18 to book a test, even if you don’t have symptoms. 1 in 3 people have the virus but don’t get symptoms. These carriers of the virus are much more likely to let their guard down and pass it onto relative or a friend that could end up in hospital as a result. We all need to follow the guidance and stick to the rules. If we do that, we will reduce rates of infection. I know this is tough for everyone. If you are worried about the financial impact of self-isolation, there is help available.”
Tests can be booked online through www.gov.uk. The system will ask if you have symptoms and if you click "no" it will ask a number of questions until it asks "why are you asking for a test?" and whether your local authority has asked you to get tested, at which point you should tick "yes" and an appointment will be made for you to be tested.
You may be directed towards a station at the following locations.
· Centenary Way (opposite Burnley Bus station). Operating hours: 08:00 – 20:00hrs
· Mobile Testing Unit- when you book you'll be given details
To check if you are eligible for a self-isolation payment, please visit https://www.burnley.gov.uk/covid19#Test or call 01282 425011