1 Feb 2021

Door-to-door testing carried out in parts of England for South Africa Covid variant

News Correspondent

Mass testing will be carried out on tens of thousands of people in eight areas of England in an urgent bid to halt the spread of the new South African strain of coronavirus.

Ministers have urged everyone in the affected postcodes to get tested, whether or not they have symptoms.

Scientists say early data suggests the vaccines will still work against the South African variant, although they might be slightly less effective.

We report from Woking in Surrey – one of the areas targeted for the surge in testing.