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Surge testing in Diss and Roydon: Everything you need to know

All residents in Diss and Roydon are being urged to get a coronavirus test from tomorrow, after a handful of cases of the South African variant were discovered in the area this week.

Three mobile testing units have been set up in the area, whilst people can also pick up mobile testing kits, or have them dropped off at their home.

Below is everything you need to know, ahead of the testing rollout tomorrow.

Who should get tested?

Everyone over the age of 16 who lives in Diss or Roydon is being urged to get tested – regardless of if they have already received a dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

If you do not live in the area, but work there, you are also urged to get tested.

If you live in the surrounding areas, Norfolk County Council and South Norfolk District Council are not asking you to get tested at the moment.

Yesterday, Dr Louise Smith, public health director for Norfolk County Council, told the Diss Express: "The callout at the moment is just for people who live or work in Diss or Roydon.

"We’re not looking to roll it out to the wider area. Broadly, they [people in neighbouring towns/villages] don’t need to worry. If they have symptoms they should book a test in the normal way.

"Over the next few weeks will be setting up a different kind of testing in each local area for people that don’t have symptoms - we’ve already done that for Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, and we’re pretty close to south Norfolk coming online."

How do I get tested?

There are two ways you can get tested: by visiting a mobile testing unit (MTU) or using a mobile testing kit.

The three mobile testing units will be at:

  • Diss Youth and Community Centre, Shelfanger Road (from 19 February to 25 February 09:00 – 15:00)
  • Roydon Village Hall, High Road (from 19 February to 04 March 12:00 – 18:00)
  • Diss Leisure Centre, Victoria Road (from 19 February to 04 March 09:00 – 15:00)

You must book an appointment online, from 8pm tonight. To do so, click here. Bookings open at 8pm.

If you can not visit a testing centre, you can also pick up a mobile testing kit, and send your test off in the post, through a letterbox.

To pick up your mobile testing kit, you can visit Midwich Ltd, in Vince's Road in Diss, between 9am and 7pm or from outside Roydon White Hart / Roydon Church from 9am to 7pm.

No appointment is required to pick up a testing kit.

If you can not pick up a testing kit, ring 01508 533933 and arrangements will be made to bring a test to your home.

Should I be worried?

Dr Louise Smith, public health director for Norfolk County Council, has reiterated that residents should not be worried, and cases in the area are falling.

She said: ""Overall, the number of cases in South Norfolk is falling and there is no reason for local people to be worried by this increased testing. There is no evidence that this variant causes more severe illness than others."

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