South Africa Covid variant: Where is ‘surge testing’ in UK?

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Urgent testing for the South African mutated variant of the virus has begun in parts of England after a number of cases were found with no known links to travel or previous cases. Two Covid variant cases were identified in Surrey, with some previous cases traced back to South Africa. Cases caused by the variant were identified as part of Public Health England’s random checks on testing. 

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Where is ‘surge testing’ in the UK?

So far, two cases have even found in Surrey, but testing is also expected to take place door-to-door in London, Kent, Hertfordshire and Walsall. 

The Surrey Local Resilience Forum (SLRF) along with Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care, will carry out “surge testing”. 

Surge testing will see residents in the Goldsworth Park and St Johns area of Woking, Surrey, visited and requested to take a PCR test regardless of whether or not they are showing symptoms. 

Ruth Hutchinson, director of public health for Surrey, said: “This is a precautionary measure, the more cases of the variant we find, the better chance we have at stopping it from spreading further.”

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