Surge testing in Finchley after discovery of South African variant

One case of the coronavirus strain has been confirmed in N3


People take Covid-19 tests at a mobile novel coronavirus surge testing centre in Brockwell Park in south London, on April 13, 2021. - Britain said late Monday it had hit a target to offer a coronavirus vaccine first dose to all over-50s by mid-April, as England's lockdown-weary population toasted a significant easing of restrictions with early morning pints and much-needed haircuts. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Surge testing is being rolled out in Finchley after a case of the South African variant was confirmed in N3, health authorities said Wednesday.

“The confirmed case is self-isolating and their contacts have been identified,” the Department of Health and Social Care said Wednesday.

“Everybody aged 16 years and over in this area who is contacted and invited to take part is strongly encouraged to take a Covid-19 PCR test, whether they are showing symptoms or not,” it said.

Barnet Council staff are going door to door in some areas to offer free home PCR testing kits, available to anyone over 16. They will be wearing high visibility vests and carry identity documents proving they work for the council.

Other households in the area are being asked to get tested at a mobile unit in the Finchley Central station car park, which is open seven days a week from 8am until 3pm.

Barnet expects targeted testing to continue for up to two weeks and said the measures will be kept “under close review.”

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