In parts of our borough, and in other parts of London, a small number of people with South African variant have been identified. These people had no link to travel to or from South Africa. Monitoring variants and the spread of the virus more widely through regular testing has been identified as a key measure of the government’s roadmap to recovery and for allowing restrictions to be eased in the coming weeks and months.
Over the last few weeks, all positive Covid-19 tests from the borough have been sent for variant testing. From these, scientists have found a small number of people who tested positive for the South African strain of the variant. They live in Acton, Greenford, Southall and West Ealing.
Testing is the best way of identifying people with the virus and stopping it from spreading. Ealing has one of the highest borough testing rates in London. Although the borough’s Covid-19 rates have dropped significantly in recent weeks, rates remain high in some parts of the borough. Working alongside NHS Test and Trace and Public Health England, Ealing council wants to do everything possible to drive down infection rates before lockdown restrictions start to ease.