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Surge Testing To Be Deployed In Bolton

- By Vivian Omotori

United Kingdom - Additional surge testing and genomic sequencing deployed in Bolton where a small number of confirmed cases of variants of concern have been identified.

Working in partnershi­p with Bolton Council, NHS Test and Trace is providing additional testing and genomic sequencing in targeted areas within the BL3 postcodes in Bolton. It comes as a small number of cases of the variant first identified in South Africa (B.1.351) and a cluster of cases of the variant first identified in India (B.1.617.2) have been identified.

This follows the classifica­tion of the variant first identified in India as a variant of concern by Public Health England, and a public health assessment showing a rise in transmissi­on in parts of Bolton. Confirmed cases have been asked to self-isolate and their contacts have been identified.

Everybody who resides or works in these postcodes is strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test, whether they are showing symptoms or not.

Enhanced contact tracing will be used for individual­s testing positive with a variant of concern. In these instances, contact tracers will look back over an extended period in order to determine the route of transmissi­on.

By using PCR testing, positive results can be sent for genomic sequencing

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