Surge testing for the Indian variant of the coronavirus will begin on Wednesday in postcodes bordering our borough of Waverley.
Surge testing will begin tomorrow after confirmed cases of the variant first identified in India have shown up in the areas of Rushmoor and Hart in Hampshire, and some areas of Aldershot, Ash and Ash Vale.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) confirmed on Monday (May 24) that the testing plan would be rolled out around Rushmoor and Hart in Hampshire, as well as some postcodes in Ash and Ash Vale all on the borders of Waverley.
Residents and people working in the affected postcodes – GU11, GU12, GU51 and GU52 – will be invited to take a test. They cover towns such as Aldershot and Fleet, plus the surrounding areas.
The GU12 postcode covers the area to the east of Aldershot and takes into account Ash and Ash Vale, meaning those in the Surrey areas can get tested.
Broadly, all of Ash and Ash Vale will be affected,
It comes after the confirmation of a small number of confirmed cases of the variant first identified in India. All the confirmed cases have been told to self-isolate and their contacts have been identified.
All those aged 12 and over who live and work in the affected postcodes will be strongly encouraged to take a coronavirus PCR test from today Wednesday (May 26), regardless of whether they are showing symptoms.
Residents will be able to take a test at one of a number of mobile units that will be open for two weeks from Wednesday.
Further testing is also being deployed at a school in Hampshire, which started on Monday.
PS. Here’s the latest highway update for roadworks in Waverley – just in case you are trying to get anywhere soon!