COUNTY Hall bosses are urging residents to book Covid-19 tests at a new testing centre in Maldon.

The facility, for people who are not showing Covid-19 symptoms, was launched at West Maldon Community Centre, Sunbury Way.

Essex County Council health boss John Spence said: “We are absolutely determined to do all we can to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in Essex, especially in the areas like Maldon where the infection rates remain extremely high.

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“Targeted testing programmes are one part of how we will continue to tackle the virus, in addition to everyone playing their part in following the latest lockdown rules to limit the spread.

"An appointment to carry out a Covid-19 test will count as an essential journey under the lockdown rules.”

Book an appointment online here.