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Opening week of Diss and Roydon surge testing finds less than 20 coronavirus cases

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Fewer than 20 cases of coronavirus were discovered in the first week of surge testing in Diss and Roydon, figures have revealed.

On February 19, testing centres and home testing collection points were quickly set up across both parishes following the emergence of the South African coronavirus variant in the area, with every resident over the age of 16 being urged to get a swab.

Data released by Public Health England showed that just 17 people tested positive for the virus – out of an estimated 8,000 people tested – in the seven days after the roll-out began.

One of the rapid testing centres at Roydon Village Hall Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.
One of the rapid testing centres at Roydon Village Hall Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.

The figure does mark a rise of 30.8 per cent on the week before, when 14 people tested positive for the virus.

How many of those 17 had the South African variant is not yet available, but Norfolk County Council has promised to release the data as soon as it can.

A spokesman for the council said: “We don’t have the figures yet.

“The details on the number of the South African variant will be a bit longer because of the process but, as soon as we have the stats, we will be releasing them.”

While there has been a small rise in Diss and Roydon – likely due to the sheer volume of people being tested as part of the surge roll-out – cases across the region are plummeting.

For many areas, such as Harleston, Pulham, Eye, Palgrave and Occold, figures are no longer available, as there was less than three cases recorded in the seven-day period – a first in many months.

Scole, Dickleburgh and Bressingham did see a rise, however, with cases doubling to four, from two the week prior.

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