A council has issued an update on coronavirus testing following issues with walk-in test sites after people with no symptoms flooded local centres.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council said they are strongly advising residents - both with symptoms and without but needing a test – to try and book a test online.

It follows acknowledgement by the government over issues with the national system, which is impacting on testing capacity and booking appointments.

A spokesperson for the council said: "If you are unable to do so, or are offered a location or time which is not convenient, please wait a few hours and then try again."

The advice comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock asked people who are NOT displaying symptoms to stop getting tests.

The spokesperson added: "We are told there may be a small number of walk-in appointments available at the testing sites at Blackburn College and in Darwen for people with symptoms, however, to avoid a potentially wasted journey, we again advise you try to try and book first if at all possible.

"We know the problems with testing are causing concern and confusion and are urgently seeking further clarity on the various issues and will update on the national position as soon as we can."

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has updated its website with the latest information, and will continue to regularly reviewed its advice.