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More than 5,000 people arrive for Covid testing in Diss on Friday




More than 5,000 people living and working in Diss and Roydon arrived for testing on Friday, following the emergence of the South African coronavirus strain in the region earlier this week.

The 14-day programme of precautionary testing was launched on Friday, February 19, after a very small number of cases of the variant which could not be traced back to international travel were identified in the region.

A total of 10,000 people have been targeted for testing in the area, which has been available via three mobile testing units, home testing swabs available at two pick up sites, or testing kits delivered door-to-door for those unable to attend local sites.

One of the rapid testing centres for COVID-19 which was set-up in Shelfanger Road after the the South African variant was discovered in Diss.	Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.
One of the rapid testing centres for COVID-19 which was set-up in Shelfanger Road after the the South African variant was discovered in Diss. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.

Around 4,000 people have collected testing swabs on Friday to use at home and 1,000 people attended the three mobile testing units. The response has been so positive that no further home tests are available from our pick up points, though they remain open for people to drop tests off.

Norfolk County Council’s Deputy Director of Public Health Diane Steiner said: “The response has been absolutely fantastic. I would like to thank all those people who have participated so far.

“This is a great start to our testing programme and goes a long way towards enabling us to identify if there is any wider spread of this variant.

“We still have more than 10 days of testing left so I would encourage people to continue to keep up the great work. We have good capacity at our mobile testing sites, which are open seven days a week, so please do book a test at a convenient time for you.”

Anyone who has picked up a test today for home testing is reminded to ensure they return it to the drop off points within 24 hours of using it. Tests can be dropped off at Midwich Ltd, in Vince’s Road in Diss, or outside Roydon White Hart/Roydon Church any time between 9am and 7pm, Monday to Sunday, with no appointment needed.



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