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Surge testing introduced in Redbridge after South African variant found

More than 5,000 people were tested in ten days after the variant was detected in Loxford in February

Surge testing is being started in Redbridge after two cases of the South African coronavirus variant were detected. 

They are not thought to be linked or travel related and both individuals are now isolating. Their contacts have also been informed. 

Up to 13,000 people, aged 11 and over, living in the IG1 and IG6 postcodes, are being urged to take a PCR test over the next two weeks. 

It includes residents in Cranbrook, Valentines, Ilford Town, Aldborough, Barkingside, Fairlop and Fullwell wards. People in the Hainault and Chigwell areas of the Hainault ward should also get tested. 

A community testing team will be going door-to-door offering PCR home testing to residents regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.

People who do not have symptoms can also get tested at Ken Ashton Square, Mildmay Road Car Park and Gants Hill Library Car Park. 

Everyone who lives in one of the affected areas will receive a letter with more information in the post during the upcoming bank holiday weekend.

The weekly number of Covid-19 cases is falling in Redbridge and there is no evidence to suggest the South African variant is more dangerous than the original Covid-19 virus.

More information can be found online here

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