Worcestershire today revealed two postcodes will be ‘surge tested’ after the South African coronavirusvariant was detected.
Worcestershire County Council has set up surge testing in the WR3 postcode and parts of the WR9 postcode after cases of the variant with no links to international travel were identified.
It comes as a million people in the North West of England have been told to take a Covid test if they have a runny nose, as part of a clampdown on a mutated virus detected in the region.
And the UK today recorded 18,262 new coronavirus cases – down a fifth in just one week.
In a triumphant sign that the UK’s third national lockdown has slowed the spread of a highly-infectious Covid-19 variant, the daily case total is down 21.5 per cent on the 23,275 last Saturday.
Britain’s daily death toll has also seen a week-on-week drop – with 828 fatalities recorded today. The figure is 31 per cent lower than the 1,200 seen on this day last week.
Read more: Door-to-door ‘surge testing’ starts in two new postcodes after ‘mutant South African variant is found in Worcestershire’ – as one million in North West are told to get a test NOW if they have a runny nose (in mid-winter) because we need more fake cases from a test not testing for the ‘virus’