urge testing for the Indian variant of covid is ready to be prolonged throughout 5 west London boroughs, the Evening Standard has been informed.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock introduced on the Downing Street briefing on (*5*) night that the testing – and a rise in vaccinations – was being launched in Hounslow.
Today it emerged the testing is because of be expanded to the neighbouring boroughs of Hillingdon, Hounslow, Brent and Harrow.
Mayor Sadiq Khan informed the Standard right this moment that further surge testing was attributable to be deployed throughout all 5 boroughs.
He mentioned: “There are north-west [London] boroughs the place there seems to be excessive numbers of individuals with the variant first found in India.
“Hounslow, the Government already introduced, has received further help – mass surge testing is going down.
“The different boroughs the place there are bigger numbers of this pressure are Hillingdon, Harrow, Brent and Ealing.
“Those boroughs are working extremely intently collectively. There is further mass surge testing going down there, which suggests further PCR exams.
“There can be genomic sequencing going down throughout London to see how many individuals have examined constructive for this explicit pressure.”
Mr Khan mentioned there was additionally further help for folks self-isolating and for contact tracing. “We are eager to ensure that this virus doesn’t unfold sooner than would in any other case be the case, and we’re engaged on a pan-London foundation.”
It is known that whereas there may be concern on the rising variety of instances of the variant in London, there may be not a fear that the unfold is getting uncontrolled.
This story is being up to date.