COVID-19: Surge testing in Leeds after cases of South African variant detected | UK News

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Surge testing is to start in an space of Leeds to attempt to management the potential unfold of the South African variant of COVID-19 after extra cases have been discovered.

The Division for Well being and Social Care (DHSC) mentioned folks dwelling in the postcode LS8 are inspired to take a take a look at when provided, whether or not they’re exhibiting signs or not.

The additional testing will start subsequent week in the Harehills space and the world simply north of Easterly Highway the place the variant was first recognized.

Leeds Metropolis Council mentioned two cases have been confirmed in a family in early January however that the residents remoted and made a full restoration.

Victoria Eaton, Leeds Metropolis Council’s director of Public Well being, mentioned: “There may be completely no indication of reside cases of the South African variant in the LS8 space, and no proof of a better danger of transmission for native folks.

“Ranges of an infection have been falling in these areas of Leeds over current weeks, in line with enhancing an infection charges proper throughout the town, which is de facto optimistic information and we wish to do all we are able to to maintain these charges falling.”

The DHSC mentioned there shall be further testing and genomic sequencing deployed but in addition inspired folks to proceed to stick to the lockdown guidelines.

It added: “Individuals with signs ought to e-book a take a look at in the standard method and people with out signs ought to go to their native authority web site for extra data.”