The South African Covid variant

On 1 February 2021 the government announced that additional testing would be made available in several locations, none currently in H&F, where the Covid variant first identified in South Africa has been found. This variant is one which spreads more rapidly, but does not at present result in a more severe or different disease.

This will support existing extensive testing and monitor and suppress the spread of the variant. The postcodes affected include one (W7) in our neighbouring borough, Ealing, which includes parts of Hanwell and West Ealing.

Other locations affected are in London (N17, CR4), West Midlands (WS2), East of England (EN10), South East (ME15, GU21), North West (PR9).

If you, your family or a friend live or work in those areas please go the relevant local authority website for advice and information on testing and other measures.