Liverpool news Merseyside testing for South Africa Covid variant now completed PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - More than 17,000 households have received home testing kits
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Surge testing to “understand” the spread of the South African variant of Covid-19 in Merseyside has now been completed. Sefton Council has been carrying out increased testing in parts of Southport after evidence of the South African variant of the virus was detected there. Tests were taking place in Norwood, Cambridge and Dukes wards, with door-to-door testing kits being delivered, as well as dedicated mobile testing sites being set up. As the city region waits to hear details on the way out of lockdown, Sefton Council has today said sufficient testing for the variant has now taken place. No further testing will be carried out after the test centre at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre closes at 6.30pm tonight (Monday). Initial numbers from the operation, which is aimed at understanding any community spread of a variant of COVID-19 known as SARS-CoV-2 (or VOC-202012/02) which originated in South Africa, show around 89% of the tests delivered have been completed and collected. Sefton’s executive director for people, Andrea Watts, said: “Our teams have visited over 17,000 addresses in the last three weeks delivering home testing kits; which has been no mean feat.
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. “Positive COVID-19 tests from our targeted testing will be sent for genomic sequencing. This will help us to understand the spread of COVID-19 variants locally.
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“The community have been magnificent with people being so supportive on the doorstep and wanting to do whatever they can to help our efforts.
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“Everyone in all of our communities should continue to follow the national lockdown restrictions in order to protect our most vulnerable.” Although the targeted testing in Southport is complete, residents can still have a Covid-19 test at Splashworld (if no symptoms) or can book a test at Southport Town Hall if they do have symptoms. Alternatively, they can call 119 and request for a home testing kit to be delivered.
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