Covid Indian variant outbreak in Northwich and Winsford – ALL residents told to get tested

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Covid Indian variant outbreak in Northwich and Winsford – ALL residents told to get tested

A Covid outbreak linked to the Delta variant from India has been confirmed in Northwich and Winsford.

Public Health confirmed that there has been a large increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the two towns over the past seven days. It has been confirmed this is likely to be a result of the Delta variant B.1.671.2 first identified in India.

To reduce the spread of the virus, and understand the extent of spread , Cheshire West and Chester Council Public Health Team are now advising all residents in Northwich and Winsford to book a PCR test whether they have symptoms or not.

To book a test you should visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and select ‘my local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test even though I do not have symptoms‘ or call 119.

It is extremely important that everyone in this local community gets tested, so that prompt public health actions can be implemented to prevent outbreaks and the impact on the local population and economy.

It is also important for schools to continue twice weekly testing with LFT to prevent spread in schools and avoid school disruption.

We would also encourage anyone who is eligible for their first vaccine to book their appointment via https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ and anyone due for their second dose to take up the offer as soon as possible.

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