South Africa Covid variant found in another part of London with huge queues for testing

A large number of people came to take a test

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Huge queues have formed for the newly installed coronavirus testing stations as a case of the South African variant has been found in another borough.
People living in an area of ​​Barnet, north London, have been asked to be tested after the detection.

They join those who live in Wandsworth, Lambeth and part of Southwark, where cases of the mutant strain have been found.

A steady stream of people joined the queues at the pop-up centers of Clapham Common and Brockwell Park near Brixton in Lambeth on Wednesday morning.

Marshals said they warned Tuesday afternoon that wait times could go up to two hours and were forced to prevent people from joining the queue early.

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Clapham Common hosted test stations
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Some 44 confirmed cases of the variant have been found in Lambeth and Wandsworth, with another 30 probable cases identified, the Department of Health and Welfare (DHSC) said.

The BBC reported that the outbreak appears to have been triggered by an individual who traveled from Africa in February.

According to documents seen by the broadcaster, the country concerned was not on the red list of mandatory quarantine in hotels at the time, but it is now.

Facilities offering asymptomatic polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing have been deployed at Wandsworth Town Hall, Tooting Leisure Center and Roehampton University, as well as at Wandsworth Town Hall. Lambeth and Brockwell Park.

People aged 11 and over who live, work or travel in these areas are encouraged to take a Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, in addition to rapid tests twice a week.

Additional testing has also been put in place by NHS Test and Trace in the SE16 area of ​​Southwark, where the Department of Health said a case linked to the Wandsworth and Lambeth cluster has been identified and is self-isolating.

Brockwell Park saw long lines for a Covid test
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A large number of people came to take a test
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A spokesperson for the Wandsworth Council said more testing sites would be opened during the week.

“People are in desperate need of control,” he said.

“We’re testing about 320,000 people and it will take time – it’s a huge task.

“We are doing everything we can to find new, additional places where people can get tested. ”

Home test kits are also available for collection by residents at several sites.

Louisa Wells, 34, of Camberwell, said the queuing and testing process at Brockwell Park took her about an hour.

Thousands of residents lined up to take coronavirus tests at additional, newly installed facilities
Thousands of residents lined up for coronavirus tests at additional, newly installed facilities
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“I saw that they were doing surge tests in the area, and they wanted everyone to take a test, so I did as I was told,” she told the PA news agency.

“I’m not particularly concerned (with the new variant) but obviously any extension of this is worrying. ”

Another woman, who lives and works in Lambeth, said she was taking “every precaution possible to protect her family … and colleagues” following news of new cases of the variant.

The Southwark Council said it is working closely with Public Health England to provide additional targeted testing after the variant is detected in Rotherhithe’s service.

“We are delivering Covid-19 tests to properties in the immediate vicinity and asking residents of those homes to take a test,” the council said in a statement.

A temporary test site in Deal Porter Square, next to the Water Library of Canada, was opened on Wednesday and residents can also pick up and drop off test kits at home at the Library’s Theater. water of Canada.

Barnet Council said teams of officials will be door-to-door in areas of the N3 postcode to deliver PCR test kits, and a mobile test unit will be set up in the parking lot at Finchley Central Station .

A statement on the council’s website said: “The South African variant of Covid-19 has been found in Barnet.

“From Thursday April 15, we will start testing people for this variant in specific postcode areas affected in the N3 or those shopping on the local main street. ”

Downing Street has insisted the epidemic is taken “very seriously” and that “strong measures” have been put in place to prevent it from spreading.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Professor Anthony Harnden, vice-chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), urged people not to run wild after restrictions were eased on Monday, warning that this could lead to an evolution of the frequent South African variant.

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