urge testing is being rolled out in an area of Essex after a case of the South Africa coronavirus variant was found.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said a single case of the SA variant was detected in Brentwood and additional testing is being deployed immediately.

“Working in partnership with the local authority, additional testing and genomic sequencing is being deployed to the CM13 postcode in Brentwood, Essex, where a single case of the Covid-19 variant first identified in South Africa has been found.”

People living in the postcode area are “strongly encouraged” to take a test when offered, whether or not they have any symptoms of the virus.

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