A new walk-through coronavirus testing centre has opened in a car park in Cumbernauld.

The centre is designed to be easily accessible for people without a car and is part of a UK-wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for local communities.

Based at Fleming House Car Park in the North Lanarkshire town is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history.

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Director of Public Health for NHS Lanarkshire, Gabe Docherty, stated that the new testing site is a "welcome addition", he said: "I want to thank the public for their co-operation in reducing spread of the virus and ask that they please remain vigilant.

"Please do not hesitate if you have symptoms. It’s critical that you go for a test and this walk-in centre is a very welcome addition to our testing capacity."

A spokesperson for the UK Government said the new site will join the six drive through sites, 16 other walk-through sites and 21 mobile units currently testing Scottish citizens.

Tests must be booked in advance at NHS Inform or by calling 0800 028 2816.

The UK government is urging people to only book at test if they have coronavirus symptoms such as a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste.

UK Government Minister for Scotland, Iain Stewart, added: "Testing is vital, helping to manage local outbreaks and protecting people’s livelihoods.

"The UK Government is providing the bulk of Covid testing in Scotland, and this new walk-through centre is just the latest in our extensive testing network.

"We are pleased to be working with local and commercial partners. These sites are not possible without the hard work of many people. I would like to thank everyone involved for their incredible efforts for the good of the country at this difficult time."