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Surge testing in Kensington finds zero cases of South African variant – South London News


By Owen Sheppard, native democracy reporter

Surge testing in North Kensington to detect the South African pressure of Covid has completed, after zero new cases had been discovered.

Kensington and Chelsea Council and the Department of Health introduced on May 10 that vast numbers of PCR assessments can be despatched to the W11 space.

This was after a handful of the extra contagious variant, first found in South Africa, had been discovered in streets close to Portobello Road.

But the council introduced yesterday that the surge testing effort noticed 2,026 folks full a take a look at, the overwhelming majority of whom had been North Kensington residents.

Although new Covid cases had been discovered, zero of them had been the South African variant.

The variant can be believed to be extra immune to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Councillor Cem Kemahli, the council’s lead member for well being, stated: “I’d wish to thank everybody who performed their half in limiting the unfold of Coronavirus by collaborating in the improved testing for the variant first detected in South Africa.

“It’s important that we carry on prime of Coronavirus and this testing may help establish if a variant of concern is entering into the overall inhabitants.

“I additionally wish to encourage everybody who’s entitled to get a vaccine to get vaccinated as quickly as potential and assist shield your self, your loved ones and associates.”

Kensington and Chelsea Council’s an infection charge for the seven days main as much as May 20 was 16 cases per 100,000 folks in the native inhabitants.

This was down from an an infection charge of 27 cases per 100,000 in the week earlier than May 10 when the surge testing was deployed.

In the West London borough of Hounslow, the place the Indian variant has brought on new lockdown restrictions to be put in place, the newest an infection charge was 50 per 100,000.


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