Surge Covid tests deployed in Worcestershire to catch cases of South African variant

PEOPLE living in Worcestershire are being urged to take a Covid-19 test to catch cases of the South African variant.

NHS Test and Trace is providing additional testing and genomic sequencing targeted in certain areas in Redditch, Worcestershire.

Multiple cases of the variant have been tracked down and their contacts have been identified.

People who live or work in the targeted areas have been strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test, whether they are showing symptoms or not.

You can find out if your postcode is included on the Worcestershire council website.

Enhanced contact tracing will be used for individuals testing positive with a variant of concern (VOC). This is where contact tracers look back over an extended period to determine the route of transmission.

By using PCR testing, positive results can be sent for genomic sequencing at specialist laboratories, helping us to identify VOC cases and their spread.

If you have symptoms you should book a free test online or by phone so you can be tested at a testing site or have a testing kit sent to your home.

If you have no symptoms, you should visit the Worcestershire council website for more information.

People in this area should continue using twice-weekly rapid testing alongside the PCR test as part of surge testing.

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