Testing to monitor and suppress spread of COVID-19 variant
Enhanced testing is now required within the Abbey and Wembrook wards in Nuneaton after cases of the Indian variant have been discovered.
The council is working closely with Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace to support measures to curb any potential spread of this variant; this will include significantly increasing the PCR (NHS) testing offer in a targeted and intelligence-led way. The PCR test is being used as it the most accurate test and the one that can be analysed to identify new variants. In addition to the PCR test, those without symptoms of COVID-19 are being asked to continue with their routine twice weekly LFT (rapid results test).
This targeted approach will contact certain households in the CV10 and CV11 postcode areas in Nuneaton (in and around Abbey and Wembrook wards). In addition, all individuals who live in Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough - even those with no symptoms - are being advised to book a PCR test through the usual routes by accessing NHS - Testing for coronavirus or ringing 119.
It remains critical that if anyone has coronavirus symptoms, they should isolate with their household and book a test online.
Check whether you should be tested for the COVID-19 variant
New variants of COVID-19 are being discovered in Warwickshire and around the country.
If you live or work in one of the affected areas, you should get tested, to see if you have one of these new variants.
Residents who are living, working or attending educational settings in Abbey or Wembrook wards are strongly encouraged to take part in the testing when offered, even if they are not showing symptoms. Anyone else living or working in Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough may also access a test via NHS - Testing for coronavirus and clicking "my local authority has asked me to have a test".
Testing will, in combination with measures such as keeping our distance, washing hands, wearing a face covering and getting vaccinated, help to suppress and control the spread of the virus, while enabling a better understanding of the variant.
Enhanced testing happens in a defined area and is designed to try and capture any potential community spread.