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South African variant sparks surge testing in London

by LLB staff reporter
25th Feb 21 3:36 pm

Surge testing in two London boroughs has been deployed after more cases of the highly infectious South African variant were found.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said that West Ealing, Acton, Greenford and Southall are affected.

A spokesperson for DHSC said, “Working in partnership with the London Borough of Ealing, additional testing and genomic sequencing is being deployed within the borough, where a small number of additional cases of the COVID-19 variant first identified in South Africa have been found.”

Since the second wave started Redbridge has been one of the worst affected boroughs in London, and the surge testing will take place in the IG1 postcode area.

The spokesperson added, “Working in partnership with the local authority, additional testing and genomic sequencing is being deployed to a targeted area within the IG1 postcode in Redbridge, where the COVID-19 variant first identified in South Africa has been found.”

On Wednesday, parts of Brixton and two postcodes in Lambeth had cases identified which prompted surge testing.

People are being urged to take tests when offered, even if they are showing no symptoms.

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