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Confirmed cases of Indian coronavirus variant in Suffolk rise to 30




The total number of confirmed cases of the Indian coronavirus variant in Suffolk has risen to 30.

An outbreak of the Covid-19 variant around Needham Market and the nearby Wattisham Flying Station has seen more than 1,870 tests carried out at a mobile unit .

The unit offering PCR tests in the car park of the former Mid Suffolk District Council offices, off Hurstlea Road in Needham Market, will close at 6pm tomorrow.

There are now a total of 30 confirmed cases of the variant in Suffolk. Stock image
There are now a total of 30 confirmed cases of the variant in Suffolk. Stock image

From more than 1,870 tests, 11 have given positive results.

A total of 35 cases of coronavirus have been associated with the outbreak of which 17 are classed as being the Indian variant.

There are now a total of 30 confirmed cases of the variant in Suffolk, of which 22 have been found in residents in Mid Suffolk, five in West Suffolk and three in Ipswich.

At least two of the cases involve individuals with a Suffolk address but who have not been in the county during their infectious period – one from West Suffolk and one from Ipswich.

Stuart Keeble, director of public health for Suffolk, said: “The community response to coming forward and being tested has been excellent and we are extremely grateful for the support of the public.

“Identifying and stopping the spread of the virus is key and this programme of enhanced PCR testing for the Needham Market area has served its purpose well.”

Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or requiring a PCR test after tomorrow can receive one via local test centres or by ordering a home testing kit via 119 or www.gov.uk

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