- Last Updated: Monday, 01 February 2021 15:12
You will have seen in the news that a number of cases of a new variant of Covid-19, known as the SARS-CoV-2 variant which originated in South Africa, has been identified in a small number of localities across England.
One of these areas is in the borough of Woking. A similar surveillance exercise is expected to extend into an area in Egham in the coming days.
Public Health England have swiftly mobilised a response to contain the new variant and restrict further transmission in these areas. Part of this is the deployment of targeted testing, which means residents in the areas will be contacted and then visited at home with a PCR test to complete whether they have symptoms or not.