South African Covid variant spreads to new local area as surge testing deployed
Surge testing will be deployed in Middlesbrough after a case of the South African Covid-19 variant was detected there.
Public health officials have urged everyone over the age of 16 from Marton and Coulby Newham to get tested at a new hub which has been set up at the Parkway Centre.
They will not need to book an appointment beforehand.
Esther Mireku, consultant in public health in Middlesbrough, said: ‘This will help us understand more about the potential spread of this new variant.
‘While the overall Covid infection rate in Middlesbrough has now halved from its peak in early January, it has still not decreased as much as we would have liked.
‘The high prevalence of…