COVID-19: New surge testing rollout after South Africa variant cases detected

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Surge testing is to be rolled out in more areas of England after cases of the coronavirus variant first discovered in South Africa were detected.

The testing, which will be bolstered by additional genomic sequencing, will be deployed in:

  • Middlesbrough within the TS7 postcode

  • Areas in Walsall

  • Specific areas in the RG26 postcode in Hampshire

A spokesperson from the Department of Health said: "People living within these targeted areas are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test this week, whether they are showing symptoms or not.

"People with symptoms should book a test in the usual way, and those without symptoms should visit their local authority website for more information."