Surge Covid tests deployed in NEW areas of London to halt spread of South African variant

SURGE testing has been deployed in parts of London to stop the spread of the South Africa Covid variant.

More cases of the mutated virus have been found in Southwark (SE5) Harrow (HA2 and HA3).


A Department of Health statement said: "The increased testing is being introduced in addition to existing extensive testing and, in combination with the public following current lockdown rules and Hands Face Space advice, will help to monitor and suppress the spread of the virus.

"Positive cases will be sequenced for genomic data to help increase our understanding of COVID-19 variants and their spread within these areas.

"Enhanced contact tracing will be used for individuals testing positive with a variant of concern. This is where contact tracers look back over an extended period in order to determine the route of transmission."

People living in these spots should get a Covid test when they are offered it – regardless of if they have symptoms.

Anyone who has symptoms should book a free test online or by phone to get tested at a testing site or have a testing kit sent to them at home.


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