Friday 30 April 2021
Residents living in some parts of Redbridge will be offered enhanced COVID-19 testing after two isolated, non-travel related cases of the South African variant of the virus were identified in the borough.
The weekly number of COVID-19 cases is falling in Redbridge. But it is very important to identify any cases of new variants through the enhanced testing programme so that we can stop further transmission.
From today (Friday 30 April) up to 13,000 people aged 11+ living or working in the following postcodes are strongly encouraged to take a PCR test over the next two weeks: IG1, IG6 and small parts of IG5 and IG7.
Everyone who lives in the mass testing areas will receive a letter in the post from Redbridge Council during the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend. The letter will explain how to get tested and the support available.
There is currently no evidence to show that this variant causes more severe illness, but we are working with the NHS to see if there are any more cases. By taking a test, you will be playing your part in helping to keep your community and loved ones safe.
View more information on surge testing, how to get tested and which areas are included.
If you do not live in the areas where the South African variant has been found and are unable to work from home, please continue to get tested twice a week at one of our permanent rapid test sites.