‘Targeted’ testing in Southwark after case of South African variant discovered


xtra surge testing is to take place in a third London borough after a case of the Covid-19 South African variant was found, Sadiq Khan said today.

Residents in a “targeted area” within the SE16 postcode in Southwark are being urged to get tested.

Mayor of London Mr Khan, said: “Additional testing will be taking place in a targeted area within SE16 in Southwark after a confirmed case of the COVID-19 variant first discovered in South Africa was found.

“It’s vital that all those who are asked to take a PCR test in this area do so, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.

“This testing is essential to help monitor and suppress the spread of the virus, so I urge everyone contacted in this area and all those living and working in Wandsworth and in Lambeth to book their tests as soon as possible.”

The SA variant case was detected in the Rotherhithe ward and Southwark Council is working closely with Public Health England to try to limit any potential spread of the disease.

Covid-19 tests are being delivered to properties in the immediate area and residents in those homes are being asked to take a test.

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Residents can also collect and drop off a Home Testing kit from Canada Water Library Theatre (21 Surrey Quays Rd, SE16 7AR) between 9am and 5pm every day.

A temporary testing site is being opened at Deal Porter Square next to Canada Water Library today.

It will be open seven days a week from 9am to 3pm.

As the surge testing got underway, Sangeeta Leahy, Director of Public Health at Southwark Council, said: “We understand that this could be concerning news, but there is no cause for alarm.

“We are delivering Covid-19 tests to residents in a defined area so that we identify how far, if at all, the variant has spread. “This variant of Covid-19 may be more easily passed between people, so please take a test if we ask you to by letter. As businesses and venues start to re-open, it is also important that we all continue to follow the current rules on social distancing and meeting with people from outside our household.”


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