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27th Jan, 2022

More than 6,000 from Droitwich, Worcester, Fernhill Heath and Martin Hussingtree tested for South African Covid variant

WORCESTERSHIRE County Council has thanked the amazing response it has had to its appeal for people to get tested in Fernhill Heath, Martin Hussingtree and some areas of Droitwich and Worcester.

More than 6,000 have taken tests at the designated centres – at The White Hart pub in Fernhill Heath and Sixways Stadium – or through the home test kits which close today (Wednesday, February 17).

The council, working with NHS Test and Trace, put out an appeal for people in the WR3 and some areas in WR9 after the discovery of the South African variant in the areas which could not be traced back to foreign travel.

It is down to the public’s good response the testing is being brought to a close.

But people who live or work in the affected areas can still book tests here if they want and need them.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health for Worcestershire, said: “The response from our residents has been amazing.

“Over 6,000 people have been offered a test, either at one of the two test sites or one of the home tests that were delivered.

“We are really delighted by this response so I want to say a big thank you to residents who have been determined to help us reduce the spread of this virus.

“The widespread testing in these areas will allow us to identify cases and stop the spread of the virus.

“Thank you to everyone who has played their part.”

If anyone still has a home Covid test in WR3 or WR9 that they haven’t returned, they can still take them to The White Hart Pub until 4pm on Friday (February 19). Alternatively, call the Here2Help service on 01905 768053.

Anyone who has symptoms should not book a test at either Sixways or The White Hart Pub. They should book a test here.

Anyone who tests positive for Covid should self-isolate immediately and pass on your details on your contacts to NHS Test and Trace.

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