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Surge Covid testing in London borough to catch cases of South African variant

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SURGE testing has been deployed in North Kensington after cases of the South African variant have been discovered.

People residing in the W11 postcode in London ought to get a PCR Covid take a look at, even when they are not exhibiting signs.

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People residing in the world have been requested to get examined to cease the unfoldCredit: AFP

The small cluster of cases in the world will not be linked to different infections of the identical variant in South London.

Those confirmed to have the variant have self-isolated and their contacts instructed.

A Department of Health spokesperson mentioned: “Everybody aged 16 years and over who resides or works in these postcodes is strongly inspired to take a Covid-19 PCR take a look at, whether or not they’re exhibiting signs or not.

“Enhanced contact tracing will probably be used for people testing constructive with a variant of concern. In these situations, contact tracers will look again over an prolonged interval in order to decide the route of transmission.

“By utilizing PCR testing, constructive outcomes will be despatched for genomic sequencing at specialist laboratories, serving to us to determine variant of concern cases and their unfold.

“People with signs ought to guide a free take a look at on-line or by cellphone to allow them to get examined at a testing website or have a testing package despatched to them at residence.

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

“People in this space must also proceed utilizing twice-weekly speedy testing alongside the PCR take a look at as half of surge testing.”

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Areas which have seen surge testing deployed are Hillingdon (HA4), Redbridge (IG1,IG6, IG5, IG7), Tower Hamlets (E1), Hounslow, Bolton (BL3), and areas in Birmingham.

The South African variant was first discovered in the nation in December and specialists concern it will possibly unfold at a sooner charge than different strains.

Scientists have warned the mutation, named 501YV2, is feared to be no less than 50 per cent extra contagious, with tons of extra undetected cases thought to be in the nation.

There just isn’t but any proof to recommend that signs differ from the three Covid-19 signs already highlighted by the NHS.

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