Covid test for Indian variant after cases found at Nottingham Primary School – fr

Covid test for Indian variant after cases found at Nottingham Primary School – fr

Pupils and parents at a primary school in Nottingham are asked to take a Covid-19 test for a new variant of the virus.
Public Health England said they identified coronavirus cases linked to the Indian variant at Henry Whipple Primary in Bestwood.

Targeted tests will take place at the school as a precaution from Monday May 17 to Friday May 21.

It follows testing for the same variant – known as VOC-21APR-02 – in large shared accommodation blocks in the city center this week.

The news comes as the prime minister is due to hold a press conference on May 14 as concerns grow over the Indian variant.

David Johns, Acting Director of Public Health at Nottingham, said: ‘We have been made aware by Public Health England of a worrying coronavirus variant linked to Henry Whipple Primary School.

“We are working with the school to make sure that testing can take place with students, parents and staff.

“I have to stress that no one should be worried about this. Variants of concern are being identified across the country and are followed by routine targeted testing to help us monitor their spread. There is no evidence that this variant poses a greater health risk.

“Targeted testing is part of the government’s response to worrying variants of the coronavirus, which allows us to quickly identify any other cases to monitor the potential spread of the virus. This helps us to work proactively to try to get ahead of the release of the variant. We are working closely with Public Health England and other partners to make sure this happens quickly and smoothly.

“I urge the parents of Henry Whipple’s students to work with the board and with the school to support our testing program.

“I also urge people to continue to follow the advice on ‘Hands, face, space’, to get tested regularly for Covid-19 and to get vaccinated when it is your turn to do so. This is particularly important as we move to the third stage of the roadmap. “

Cari Burgess, Head Teacher at Henry Whipple Elementary, said: “Keeping our children safe in every way is always our top priority at HWP. Our community has taken many steps to keep our children safe in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and we thank them for their invaluable support in this regard.

“Nottingham City Council and Public Health England have informed us that cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) dating back to early April have been identified as being linked to a variant of concern first identified in India. However, through our combined efforts as a school and community, the spread within the school at that time was prevented.

“The risk of continued transmission at school is believed to be low, but, as a precaution, PHE and city council would like to identify if there has been asymptomatic transmission of Covid-19 by asking our school community ( parents, staff and students) to take a Covid-19 PCR test.

“We should all take this opportunity to participate in testing to keep our community safe inside and outside our school. It only takes a few minutes to support the spread of Covid-19 and we strongly encourage all parents and children to participate to prevent the spread from continuing. “

Dr Susan Hopkins, Director of Covid-19 Strategic Response at Public Health England, said: ‘Cases of this variant are on the rise in the community and we are constantly monitoring its spread and severity to make sure we take appropriate action. rapid public health action. We need to act collectively and responsibly to ensure that the variants do not impact the progress we have all made in reducing levels of Covid-19 and the resulting increased freedom.

“This means you need to pay attention to local health advice in your area and act on it. Testing and isolation when necessary not only limits the spread, but helps us better understand how the variant behaves in the community, which is vital for effective and proportionate intake. action to move forward.

“If you are asked to take a test, do it. “


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