Testing station set up in Burton and home visits for suspected cases

Residents in Burton upon Trent are being urged to book a coronavirus test immediately if they have any symptoms, following an outbreak in the town.

A mobile testing centre has been set up at the Pirelli Stadium today after 51 cases were reported across East Staffordshire since 4 July - 48 of which were in Burton.

The initial spike was concentrated in two households, but 10 cases were reported over the weekend.

If people cannot get to a testing centre, a team will come to their home.

The local MP, Kate Griffiths, says there is 'no need for real alarm'

Staffordshire County Council says there are no plans for imminent lockdown measures, but is asking residents to follow the guidance and get tested to help prevent the spread of further infection.

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director of Health and Care, said: “It is important that if people do have any of the symptoms of; a high temperature, a new persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell, that they stay home and book a test immediately.

 “Having the right intelligence about who has the virus and who they have been in close contact with is not only key to our efforts to successfully manage any outbreaks, but will also help protect you, your family and the community where you live.

“It is easy to book a test and with a mobile unit in town, I would encourage anyone with symptoms to get online or phone now to book a test.

“Alternative ways of getting tested for residents of the affected areas who do not have access to cars are also being put in place.”

  • Residents with coronavirus symptoms can book a test in advance, either online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or by telephoning 119. Walk-in appointments are not permitted. 

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