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800 tests carried out today - and second mobile unit will operate tomorrow and Monday - in bid to crush Suffolk Indian Covid variant cases




Health bosses have carried out 800 Covid tests so far today in a bid to crush the Indian variant in Suffolk.

Due to anticipated further demand, a second Mobile Testing Unit will be operating at the same site in Needham Market on Sunday and Monday. This will increase capacity significantly.

A decision will then be taken to see if there is still the demand for the second unit on the following days. The final day for appointments is Saturday, May 29.

Coronavirus concept. Microscope virus close up. 3d rendering. (47445163)
Coronavirus concept. Microscope virus close up. 3d rendering. (47445163)

Tomorrow’s slots in Needham Market are now available to book on Gov.uk or by calling 119.

Health chiefs say an appointment should be booked - and masks work when attending.

Stuart Keeble, Director of Public Health at Suffolk County Council, said: “It has been a sterling effort today – not only from staff at the testing site, but the number of people who came for a test.

“I’d like to thank them for helping us to track cases of Covid-19 in the area and ultimately breaking the chain of infection and keeping Suffolk safe.”

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