Covid-19: Bedford extends surge testing for another week – BBC News



An space hit by a coronavirus variant recognized in India is extending its surge testing for an additional week.

Bedford has the fourth highest Covid-19 charge in England – with 195 instances per 100,000 folks within the week to 24 Could.

The borough council was initially finishing up surge testing in 4 areas till Friday in an try to regulate the unfold.

Testing in three of these areas will now proceed till 4 June, it introduced.

Bedford is certainly one of eight areas recognized by the federal government as an Indian virus variant hotspot.

It has seen Covid-19 case charges rise by 38% week-on-week, nearly eight instances the England-wide common.



The council mentioned that as much as 19 Could, there have been 345 confirmed instances of the variant of concern – B.1.617.2 – within the borough, which accounted for an estimated 90% of instances.

Surge testing began final week and greater than 2,000 residents have visited the cellular testing models, with an additional 1,500 testing kits issued at assortment and drop off factors.

The council added that in an try to regulate the unfold, surge testing within the Kingsbrook, Cauldwell and Queens Park areas was being prolonged for an additional week.

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Cell models will stay on the Oasis Seashore Pool, John Bunyan Sports activities and Health and Enterprise Home in Previous Ford Finish Street.

Checks will also be collected and dropped off at Tesco automobile park, Cardington Street, Morrisons automobile park, Ampthill Street and Queens Park Group Centre.

Councillor Louise Jackson urged residents to get examined to “defend one another”.

“With instances persevering with to rise we’re asking everybody to do all the pieces they’ll to drive down the unfold of the virus,” she mentioned.

The federal government has requested folks to minimise journey out and in of Bedford and 7 different areas due to the Indian virus variant.

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