A mobile testing site for coronavirus will be at Harlow Town Football Club this Wednesday and Friday.

The site on Elizabeth Way will be open for pre-booked appointments on Wednesday 20 May and Friday 22 May between 10.30am to 4pm each day.

Further testing dates will be announced shortly.

The site is being supported by the military and is accessible for residents who meet the COVID-19 testing criteria and strictly by appointment only.

The tests cannot detect whether somebody has had coronavirus in the past - symptoms are a fever and/or a cough.

Who is eligible to be tested at the drive-thru centres?

Everyone aged five is eligible to be tested for coronavirus if they are showing symptoms, which have been expanded to included a loss of taste or smell.

Where else in Essex will mobile testing occur this week?

Wednesday, May 20: Clacton Leisure Centre, Clacton on Sea, CO15 6DB; The Civic Hall, Grays, RM16 2JU.

Thursday, May 21: Basildon Sporting Village, Basildon, SS14 3GR.

Friday, May 22: Harlow Football Club, Harlow, CM19 5BE; Rayleigh Leisure Centre, Rayleigh, SS6 9NF; Dovercourt Bay Lifestyles, Low Road, Dovercourt, CO12 3TA.

Saturday, May 23: Long Stay Car Park 3, Southend Airport, Southend on Sea, SS2 6YE.

Sunday, May 24: The Civic Hall, Grays, RM16 2JU

What happens at the drive-thru centre?

You’ll stay in your vehicle during your visit.

An assistant can do the swab test for you, or you can choose to do it yourself (instructions will be given).

You’ll receive your test results by text message. Most people get their results within 48 hours, but it could take up to five days.

How do I book a drive-thru test?

You must book online on the government website.

To book a test, go online to www.gov.uk/coronavirus and enter your details. You will be sent a booking code.

What if I don't drive?

To visit a drive-thru testing centre, you must be in a vehicle. If you do not drive, you can order for a test to be delivered to your home.

Visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus to request a test to be delivered to your home.

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