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Testing surge after dozens contract South African virus variant in south London

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he Government has begun its largest surge testing operation but after dozens of individuals in elements of south London examined optimistic for the South African Covid-19 variant.

Some 44 confirmed circumstances have been discovered predominantly in the Wandsworth and Lambeth boroughs, with an extra 30 possible circumstances of the South African variant recognized, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) stated.

People aged 11 and over who dwell, work or journey by these areas are being urged to take a Covid-19 polymerase chain response (PCR) take a look at, on high of utilizing twice-weekly speedy testing.

The DHSC stated it’s the “largest surge testing operation thus far” aimed toward suppressing any doable new circumstances of the variant, with optimistic outcomes from PCR testing to be despatched for genomic sequencing at specialist labs.

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It stated all those that have examined optimistic for the variant, with the primary case in the world being discovered in early March, are isolating or have accomplished their isolation, and their contacts have been traced and requested to isolate.

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

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

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

“Around one in three folks with Covid-19 don’t present any signs.

“By participating you may shield yourselves and your family members and assist us establish any doable new circumstances that may in any other case be missed, stopping additional transmission and saving lives.”