South African coronavirus variant confirmed in New Addington

Residents in New Addington are being urged to take a coronavirus check attributable to a confirmed case of the South African variant inside the space of Croydon

Further testing is being launched in New Addington and Fieldway from at present ( February 23 ), as a part of the nationwide programme to trace and suppress the variant of Covid-19.

The world is considered one of a number of places throughout the nation the place Public Well being England have discovered proof of a Covid-19 case with the variant, that can’t be linked again to worldwide journey.

Croydon Council is strongly encouraging each particular person over the age of 16 dwelling in New Addington and Fieldway, to take a PCR Covid-19 check as quickly as attainable. This contains individuals who have already been vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19.

From at present, Cell Testing Models (MTUs) shall be positioned in automotive parks at Timebridge Centre, Fieldway and Queen Elizabeth Drive, New Addington.

Residents with out signs may choose up and drop off house testing kits from the Timebridge Centre, Fieldway or New Addington Library, Central Parade from 11am-3pm, Monday –Saturday. They might want to put on a face protecting and produce their good cellphone if they’ve one to register their check and proof of handle. They’ll acquire and drop off their exams at both website.

Rachel Flowers, Croydon’s Director of Public Well being, stated: “Following the identification of a Covid-19 case with the variant first recognized in South Africa, we’re asking everybody dwelling in New Addington to get examined, whether or not or not they’ve signs.

“By getting examined, you’ll be able to assist to stop the virus spreading, defending your self and your family members, whereas enabling higher understanding of this variant. There’s at present no proof to counsel this variant of Covid-19 is extra critical than others, or that the vaccine wouldn’t defend in opposition to it.

“A very powerful factor is that individuals proceed to observe the steering that’s in place – observe the lockdown guidelines and keep in mind fingers, face, area – wash your fingers, cowl your face and hold your distance from others. In the event you check optimistic by any technique, you could isolate to cease the unfold of the virus.”

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Professor Kevin Fenton, London Regional Director at Public Well being England, stated: “The UK has top-of-the-line genomic programs on this planet which has allowed us to detect the variant originating in South Africa right here in New Addington and Fieldway.

“I urge everybody supplied a check to take it as much as assist us to watch the virus in our communities and to assist suppress and management the unfold of this variant.

“A very powerful factor is that individuals proceed to observe the steering that’s in place – restrict your variety of contacts, wash your fingers commonly and completely, hold your distance and canopy your face. In the event you check optimistic by any technique, you could isolate to cease the unfold of the virus.”

Croydon Council may also be going door-to-door, delivering house check kits to some addresses within the space.

This extra testing is deliberate to final for 2 weeks and shall be stored below evaluation. Residents shall be requested to take one check throughout this time.

When you have had a optimistic Covid-19 check within the final two weeks, you don’t want to get examined once more now.

Testing shall be open 8.30am-3pm, seven days every week. Appointments have to be booked prematurely by the council web site – residents can not use the nationwide reserving system for these exams. For extra data and to e book go to

At current, there aren’t any further restrictions in place in New Addington and Fieldway. Faculties and faculties stay open to weak kids and kids of vital employees, and nurseries stay open.

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