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Diss and Roydon test results data released as surge testing comes to an end

After almost 7,500 samples being processed, with 51 positive results returned for Covid-19, surge testing in Diss and Roydon is at an end.

Surge testing was rolled out on February 19 for anyone who lived and worked in these areas after a handful of positive tests for the South African strain were discovered.

Norfolk Public Health estimate that 64.8 per cent of eligible residents heeded the call to be tested, with 3,613 carried out via home test kits, 3,276 at mobile testing units and a further 590 at other test centres, bringing the total to 7,479.

Testing centres sprang up around Diss and Roydon during the rollout.
Testing centres sprang up around Diss and Roydon during the rollout.

Cllr Andrew Proctor, leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “The number of tests carried out shows just how ready the people of Diss and Roydon were to come forward and take part when asked to do so. Thank you to everyone who got tested and have helped us understand exactly what the Covid situation is in the community. We’re now waiting for the complicated genomic work to be carried out. The information this testing provides us could help save lives.”

Dr Louise Smith, Norfolk’s Director for Public Health, said: “We’ve seen a great response to the testing in Diss and Roydon: when you look at the proportion who came forward for testing, you can see people were really keen to take part. As a result, we’ve identified 51 cases of Covid 19 in the area. This is to be expected – positive asymptomatic cases would likely have been found anywhere that this extent of testing was carried out."

No data relating to precise strains detected during the testing programme has been released.

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