Surge testing in London for South African variant as lockdown eases

Today was a big day for easing lockdown restrictions in England and Wales with the opening of all non essential shops. In England outside hospitality also opened but wales has to wait another fortnight. click for full source article.

Drinkers enjoy pints at a pub in London
People continued to enjoy the easing of lockdown rules well into Monday evening

In the meantime, a “significant” cluster of the South African Covid-19 variant has been found in two areas of south London where surge testing has been implemented. Wandsworth and Lambeth will see additional testing after 44 confirmed and 30 probable cases were identified. All identified cases are isolating or have completed their isolation and their contacts have been traced.

A sign in Lambeth during testing in January
People aged 11 and over are being urged to take a PCR test even if they have no symptoms

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, urged people in the affected boroughs to get tested “as soon as possible”. “It’s vital that we do everything we can to control this variant by taking a test and following the rules.” People aged 11 and over who live, work or travel through the affected areas are being urged to take a Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, as well as using twice-weekly rapid testing. Positive results from PCR testing will be sent for genomic sequencing at specialist labs. click full article.

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