The coronavirus is constantly changing and mutating, which means there will often be new strains detected. A small number of cases of the variant first found in Kent with an extra mutation, 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.
We know all viruses change over time so there is no reason to be concerned that this strain is more severe than others – or that vaccinations won’t work - but it’s important that Public Health England can track how any new variants are spreading.
Street teams will be knocking on doors in Moston and Harpurhey to ask people over the age of 16 to take a test. This enhanced community testing is for people who don’t have symptoms.
The results will take a few days to come back but you don’t need to isolate while you wait for them. You only need to isolate if you have symptoms or if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
If a person tests positive, has any symptoms, or are contact traced following contact with someone who tests positive, they should self-isolate for 10 days immediately.
In the meantime, it remains really important that everybody continues to follow the usual rules to keep us all safe:
- Maintain distance from people who don't live with you.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Wear a face covering when necessary.
- If you are contacted to receive a vaccination, please keep your appointment.
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should arrange a test straight away and stay at home.
You can download PDF and JPG versions of posters about enhanced community testing in Moston and Harpurhey and translated PDF versions of letters about enhanced community COVID-19 testing, in Chinese, French and Polish. Download Moston and Harpurhey resources.