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Surge Testing To Be Deployed In Ruislip

- By Babatunde Lucas

United Kingdom - Additional surge testing and genomic sequencing deployed in Ruislip where a confirmed case of a variant of concern has been identified.

Working in partnershi­p with Hillingdon Council, NHS Test and Trace is providing additional testing and genomic sequencing in targeted areas within the HA4 postcode in Ruislip, Hillingdon. This follows the identifica­tion of a single case of the variant first discovered in South Africa (B.1.351) in Ruislip. The confirmed case has completed selfisolat­ion and their contacts have been identified.

Everybody aged 16 years and over 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 at specialist laboratori­es, helping us to identify variant of concern cases and their spread.

People with symptoms should book a free test online or by phone so they can get tested at a testing site or have a testing kit sent to them at home. Those without symptoms should visit the local authority website for more informatio­n.

People in this area should also continue using twice-weekly rapid testing alongside the PCR test as part of surge testing.

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