A small number of cases of the variant first found in Kent, have been found in parts of Manchester. Plans are being put in place now for extra testing in your area to investigate if the strain has spread further.
You may have seen in the press over the last couple of days that a very small number of cases of the UK coronavirus variant first found in Kent have now been found in the Moss Side area of Manchester. There is no need to be concerned as the coronavirus is constantly changing and mutating, which means there will often be new strains detected. There is no evidence to suggest that this strain is more severe than others, or that vaccinations will not be as effective. Public Health England is very keen, however, to ensure everyone in the area is tested as they need to track how new variants are spreading.
Public Health England has asked anyone over the age of 16 who lives, works or studies in the area to get a PCR test, whether they are showing any symptoms of the virus or not. This affects people who live, work or study in postcode areas:-
From Tuesday 9 February enhanced community testing is available and is taking place in parts of Moss Side, Hulme, Fallowfield, and Whalley Range. This enhanced ‘surge’ testing means that Public Health England can test specifically for the new strain in a large number of people who do not show any symptoms. This will enable them to spot the virus early so that early action can be taken to help prevent further spread and limit the number of people at risk from the virus.
How you can get a test
– If you have coronavirus symptoms you should continue to book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus, via the NHS COVID-19 app or by calling 119
– Mobile Testing Units will be in the locations below for those without coronavirus symptoms:
- Our Lady’s RC Church, Raby Street, M16 7JQ. Opening times: 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday.
- Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurdwara Temple, 15 Monton Street, M14 4LS. Opening times: 10am – 5pm Monday to Sunday .
- Arrahman Centre, 16 Bedwell St, M16 7LN. Opening times: 10am – 5pm Monday to Sunday.
- Moss Side Leisure Centre, Moss Lane East, M15 5NN. Opening times: 7.30am – 6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday. (But not open on Sunday,14 February).
– If you are unable to attend a test site, it’s still very important to get a test, and a home test kit will be delivered to your home.
Full details of additional testing locations and how to book/get a test can be found on Manchester City Council’s website here
It’s absolutely vital we all play our part in stopping the spread of COVID and getting a test is one way you can do this. We also ask that all customers continue to observe social distancing, hand hygiene and wear a mask in public. We are still under a national lockdown so please stay at home and stay safe.
Self-isolate and book a Covid test immediately by ringing 119 or by booking a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus, or via the NHS COVID-19 app.
Test results for the variants take longer for the lab to analyse and can take around 2 weeks. Normal Covid results come back within 24-48 hours. You don’t need to isolate while you wait for them (unless you have symptoms or you are in close contact of a positive case.)
If you test positive for Covid and then the lab sequencing identifies the new variant (takes around 2 weeks), you will be contacted again at that point by the Manchester Test and Trace Contact Tracing Team. This is so that we can identify any links between cases.
If you've already had the vaccine, then please do still take a test. We know it can take a few weeks to build up immunity to the virus and this is an extra precaution to be on the safe side. It will also help us to understand if and how the virus has spread in the local community.
Yes, you will be asked to take part in the testing if your Lateral Flow Device test was positive in the past 90 days.
If you’ve tested positive with a PCR swab test within the last 90 days then you shouldn’t have a test as part of the enhanced testing. The PCR swab test is the one that takes a day or two for the results to come back.
For people with Covid symptoms – PCR test booked at nhs.uk/coronavirus, via the NHS COVID-19 app or by calling 119 – and tests are available at fixed sites across the city. PCR is short for polymerase chain reaction – and is a swab test to the back of the throat and nose and results are sent for lab analysis. Results normally come back within 24-48 hours.
People who do not have Covid symptoms – We are using lateral flow tests for frontline workers who do not have symptoms, but cannot work from home and may have more unavoidable contact with others. These are also swab tests and the results are available within 30 minutes because they do not need to be sent to a lab. This is all part of the city’s ongoing plans for targeted testing at scale.
Enhanced CommunityTesting – is mass testing of people looking to check for a new variant or strain of Coronavirus. This is by PCR test, sent off for analysis, and the results can take around 2 weeks.
None of the current lockdown restrictions have changed. If you do not have any Covid symptoms, or you are not self-isolating, you can still go out for essential reasons like food shopping, work (when it cannot be done from home); health appointments and things like the Covid vaccination.
Only one test per person is needed.
Yes, they will social distance at all times, wear face coverings and will sanitise hands before and after going to each house.
- By following all the rules as normal around face covering, hand-washing, social distancing and keeping surfaces clean.
- Plus following current lockdown advice.
- By still going to health and vaccination appointments, unless self-isolating
- By remembering that we are all in this together.
Test and Trace Support Payments
You may be eligible for £500 of financial support if you have a positive Covid-19 result, or if you have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace scheme.
More details on how to apply can be found on the Manchester City Council website