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Britain Detects South African Variant in People With No Travel Links, ‘Surge Testing’ Rolled Out in Surrey

A lady holding umbrella crosses a avenue on the Bank Junction, amid the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, January 5, 2021. (Image: Reuters)

Residents in components of Surrey, to the south west of London, will now be examined whether or not they’re displaying any signs or not, the native authority mentioned.

  • Reuters LONDON
  • Last Updated: February 01, 2021, 18:18 IST
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Two individuals in southern England have examined optimistic for the South African variant of the coronavirus with out having any hyperlinks to individuals who have travelled lately, prompting “surge testing” to comprise the outbreak.

Residents in components of Surrey, to the south west of London, will now be examined whether or not they’re displaying any signs or not, the native authority mentioned.

The authorities mentioned in January it had detected instances of each the South African and Brazilian variants, nonetheless they had been all linked to journey.

The Surrey Local Resilience Forum mentioned it will perform a localised “surge testing” programme within the Woking space of the county which might assist it to carefully monitor any group unfold of the brand new variant, and limit additional transmission.

“This is a precautionary measure – the more cases of the variant we find, the better chance we have at stopping it from spreading further,” Ruth Hutchinson, Director of Public Health for Surrey, mentioned.

The emergence of extra infectious variants in latest months has raised questions over whether or not vaccines will show as efficient in containing them.

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