This is where the mobile COVID testing van will be in Peterborough tomorrow

Residents with no COVID symptoms can get tested tomorrow (Friday, May 28) following the discovery of ‘a few cases’ of the Indian variant of concern in the city.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 4:29 pm

Although the number of identified cases of a variant strain of Covid-19 are low in Peterborough the city council wants to be proactive in its search for them so that transmission can be reduced.

A mobile testing van will be available for residents to get a PCR test at the Husaini Islamic Centre, in Burton Street between 10am and 5pm.

The testing is different to the rapid tests which people are being asked to complete twice a week as part of their normal life, as PCR tests are processed at a laboratory where the virus can be examined to determine whether it is the new variant of Covid-19.

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The testing van in Cathedral Square earlier this week
The testing van in Cathedral Square earlier this week

This proactive testing as a precaution will help the city council to understand how common new variant strains of the virus might be in the city and to avoid the transmission levels being seen in other parts of the country.

People will also be able to collect rapid testing kits to complete at home from the sites.

Emmeline Watkins, Acting Director of Public Health for Peterborough, said: “We have only identified a few cases of the new Covid-19 variant in Peterborough. This suggests that we don’t currently have the wide-spread transmission of this variant that is being seen in neighbouring areas such as Bedford and Leicester.

“We are increasing our PCR testing of people without symptoms, to help identify cases of the new variant, to support those people to self-isolate and to act early to stop any spread. This is a case of us being proactive, so that we can get on top of any problem before it spirals out of control.

“We are encouraging people without any symptoms to take a test at one of the sites we have organised this week. It’s also really important that people continue to take their two rapid tests each week and accept their vaccine when they are offered one – both doses are important. If we can do all of these, we should be able to get back to a more normal way of life much quicker.”

This PCR testing is for people without symptoms of Covid-19. Those with symptoms should book a test using the booking site at www.gov.uk-get-coronavirus-test