A new coronavirus testing facility has now opened in a local Edinburgh leisure centre.

On Saturday (February 27), the government launched a new ‘walk-through’ centre at Ainslie Park Leisure Centre in the car parking space.

Located near Granton, the testing centre is expected to see a number of locals who are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.

Those who require a test must book in advance and should only be taken by those who have either a high temperature, a new and continuous cough or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste.

The new site is part of a host of facilities across Scotland, including seven drive through sites, 33 walk-through sites and 42 mobile units.

UK Government Minister for Scotland, Iain Stewart said:

“The UK Government is doing everything it can to support people in all parts of the UK through the pandemic.

“Testing continues to play an important role how we manage the virus alongside the roll out of vaccines, helping to identify local outbreaks, slow down the rate of transmission and protect communities.

“I would like to thank the public for continuing to do the right thing and come forward to be tested when they display symptoms.

“The UK Government continues to provide the bulk of testing in Scotland, with this new walk-through centre in Edinburgh just the latest in our extensive network. We have also secured and paid for millions of doses of the Pfizer and Oxford vaccines for all parts of the UK.

“Hope is on the horizon, but we can’t let up on our efforts to contain the virus.”

Adam McVey, City of Edinburgh Council Leader said:

“Our number one priority is keeping Edinburgh’s residents safe and the best way to do that is to keep encouraging everyone to follow the latest guidance and to arrange to get themselves tested if they develop any Covid-19 symptoms.

“Our other testing sites across Edinburgh have been helping hundreds of people every week to get tested so it’s really welcome that this new site is opening in the north of the city.

“We’ll keep the use of the Ainslie Park Leisure Centre under review to ensure that when it’s possible for Edinburgh Leisure to reopen for sport and leisure use, venues can operate efficiently.”

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