Residents of Linwood have been thanked as the results of a one-week testing drive to reduce the rates of Covid-19 in the area are revealed.

Three-hundred-and-ninety-six people visited the temporary Covid-19 community testing centre at Tweedie Hall between Wednesday 21st April until Tuesday 27 April.

The testing drive found no new positive cases in the community.

The drop-in testing centre was open to anyone without symptoms of the virus who lived, worked or went to school in Linwood. It was run and staffed by Renfrewshire Council.

Chris Dalrymple, the council’s chief environmental health officer, said: “I would like to thank everyone in Linwood who turned up and took a test.

“It was great to see a good turnout. Around 5% of Linwood’s population came along to the testing centre, which compared well with other sites in other areas of the country.

“Asymptomatic testing is helping us stop the spread of Covid-19 in Renfrewshire and by taking a test you have helped protect your loved ones and your community.”

The tests used at the centre were lateral flow tests. These are quick tests that are processed on-site and see results returned via text message within 45 minutes.