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All residents asked to come for Covid test after South African variant found in Diss and Roydon area

Every household in Diss and Roydon will be urged to come in for a coronavirus test this week, after it cases of the South African variant have been found in the area.

Tests of all adults in Diss and Roydon will begin on Friday, after a handfull of cases of the more infectious variant were found in the area.

Dr Louise Smith, Norfolk County Council's director of public health said, urged people not to worry, and added that this was just a precaut: "This is a precaution to find South African variant virus. Overall numbers in area are going down. No need for people to worry."

Residents are urged to come in for a test, irrespective of whether they have symptoms or not.

The government had issued the call for 'surge testing' in Diss, alongside a handful of other areas in the UK.

In a statement, they said: "Surge testing is being introduced in addition to existing extensive testing.

"In combination with following the current lockdown rules and remembering ‘Hands. Face. Space’ advice, it will help to monitor and suppress the spread of the virus.

"Positive cases will be sequenced for genomic data to help understand COVID-19 variants and their spread within these areas."

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