Renfrew residents have been thanked for visiting a temporary Covid-19 testing site over the past week.

A total of 733 people who live, work or go to school in the town were tested at the hub in Renfrew Town Hall, which closed yesterday.

Testing people without Covid symptoms, the drop-in site was part of the national community testing programme, helping to find those who have the virus without knowing.

It identified five positive cases, enabling those people and their close contacts to self-isolate and help stop the spread of the virus.

Free Covid-19 home testing kits were also available to collect, with all 448 packs picked up during the course of the week.

Run and staffed by Renfrewshire Council, it followed successful deployments of temporary Covid-19 test sites in Johnstone, Paisley and Linwood.

Renfrewshire Council's depute leader Jim Paterson told The Gazette: “I would like to thank everyone across Renfrew who came along to the temporary testing site at the town hall.

“Community testing and identifying people who may have Covid-19 without knowing is an important part of ensuring we stop the spread of the virus and it was pleasing to see such high numbers turn out to play their part.

“We all want local shops, bars, cafes and restaurants to remain open and for restrictions to ease further over the coming months and I would urge everyone to follow the current government guidelines, access free testing kits and roll up their sleeve when vaccination is offered.”

Meanwhile, high rates of Covid-19 in the Glenburn and Foxbar areas of Paisley have seen a mobile testing unit set up at Glenburn Community Centre, which will be open between 9.30am and 6pm each day until Sunday, May 30.

This is for anyone who lives or goes to school in these areas, with or without symptoms, with tests being carried out by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

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