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Covid variant in South Africa: start of surge tests in zone N3 UK News

Surge testing is expected to begin in Barnet postcode N3 after the South African variant of Covid-19 is detected.

Barnet Council said on its website that testing for the variant would begin from Thursday, April 15 after a single case was identified.

The council said: “The South African variant of Covid-19 has been found in Barnet.

“Starting Thursday, April 15, we will start testing people for this variant in specific postcode areas affected in the N3 or those who shop on the local main street.”

He said teams of officials would be door-to-door in areas of the N3 postcode to deliver PCR test kits, and a mobile test unit will be set up in the parking lot at Finchley Central Station.

The N3 zone covers Finchley Central and West Finchley.

The test unit will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 7 days a week.

Hours of operation may change on Saturday April 17 due to Prince Philip’s funeral.

Across London, thousands of residents have lined up for coronavirus tests at additional facilities set up after new cases of the South African variant were discovered in several boroughs.

Some 44 confirmed cases of the variant have been found in Lambeth and Wandsworth, with another 30 probable cases identified, the Department of Health and Welfare (DHSC) said.

The only confirmed case of the South African variant of the coronavirus detected at Barnet is unrelated to the cluster detected in south London, the Barnet Council said.

Downing Street insisted the epidemic is taken “very seriously” and that “strong measures” have been put in place to prevent it from spreading.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-14 14:32:46