Leicester Mercury



SURGE testing for the Indian Covid variant is not under way in Leicester, as public health bosses believe they have current cases under control.

Three cases of the strain first detected in India were reported in the city at the end of last month, since then a small number of further cases have been identified, but exactly how many has not been revealed.

The cases that have been recorded in the city can all be linked back to travel and so instead of surge testing, targeted testing of their close contacts is being carried out.

Leicester’s director of public health, Professor Ivan Browne, said: “Having been notified at the end of April of our first positive cases where a variant for investigat­ion was found, we expected more cases to follow, and that is what’s happened.

“There is no evidence this variant causes more severe illness. Our advice to everyone remains the same. The best way to stop the spread of the virus is to keep washing or sanitising your hands, wear a face covering in public places, stay apart from those you don’t live with, and abide by the restrictio­ns in place.”

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