Thousands in England to be tested in ‘sprint’ to halt South African Covid variant

Health officials and mobile units to be sent to affected postcodes while waste water could also be tested

Tens of thousands of people will be tested in a door-to-door “two-week sprint” to halt the spread of the South African coronavirus variant as cases were found across England.

Squads of health officials, firefighters and volunteers have been established to deliver and collect PCR test kits door-to-door and mobile testing units will be sent to each area. Wastewater could also be tested to determined the prevalence of the strain.

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