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Covid surge testing in new areas of London after 44 cases of South African variant

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Surge testing is being deployed in elements of south London after the invention of 44 cases of the South African Covid-19 variant.

Additional testing and genomic sequencing will happen predominantly in the boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth.

Some 44 cases of the South African variant have been recorded in these areas, together with one other 30 ‘possible’ infections.

The first case was detected in early March and all of the identified contaminated people at the moment are isolating or have completed their isolation – and their contacts have been traced and requested to isolate.

(*44*) comes after a case of the South African pressure was picked up in Hayes, west London, which has sparked additional surge testing.

Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser for NHS Test and Trace, stated the cluster of cases in south London is “important”.

Surge testing is being deployed in elements of south London

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“It’s actually essential folks in the native space play their half in stopping any additional unfold inside the area people,” she stated.

“PCR testing is now obtainable for all and I might strongly encourage everybody, whether or not they stay, work or journey by the boroughs, to get examined even when they haven’t any signs of coronavirus.”

Everyone aged 11 and above in Wandsworth and Lambeth is being urged to take a Covid take a look at – even when they don’t seem to be displaying signs.

People in Wandsworth and Lambeth are being encouraged to take a test - even if they don't have symptoms

People in Wandsworth and Lambeth are being inspired to take a take a look at – even when they do not have signs

This applies not solely to residents but additionally individuals who work in or journey by these areas.

Hillingdon Council has additionally yesterday introduced surge testing for over 16s dwelling in particular elements of the UB3 postcode after a case of the South African pressure was detected in Hayes.

People can guide a free take a look at on-line or over the cellphone.

Those with out signs ought to go to the native authority web site for extra data.

Click right here for Lambeth council and right here for Wandsworth council.