People have been turning up to coronavirus testing centres without appointments and allegedly hurling abuse at testing staff.

Hertfordshire County Council is urging for anyone wishing to get a coronavirus test, to go through the correct online booking procedures.

In a tweet, the county council said there have been “a number of incidents” at Hertfordshire testing sites with members of the public demanding to be tested without an appointment.

The tweet said: “Any form of abuse to testing staff will not be tolerated. If you need a test, you must book one at”

Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention, Cllr Tim Hutchings said: “Please support our NHS colleagues by booking a test before arriving at a testing site.

"If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must book a test appointment first at

"Any abuse to staff at testing centres will not be tolerated, so please be kind to our key workers during these challenging times.”

This comes following reports of a national testing capacity shortage.

As a result, the coronavirus booking website often shows either no testing centres available or redirects people to sites outside their local area.

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Due to ongoing shortages, NHS England is urging to only get a test if you display any coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested.

The NHS are reminding people to not use the service to get a test in order to travel to another country. Alternatively, those can pay for a private test.

If you have symptoms, you need to get a test as soon as possible and within the first five days of having symptoms.