Indian Variant of Covid Found in Leek Prompts Surge Testing

Thousands of people are being urged to get Covid-19 tests as a number of the variant first found in India was found in Leek.

28 cases have been found in the town and most are linked to a number of schools in the area including Leek High School. St Edward’s Middle School and Westwood College

Anyone who has links to these schools are being urged to get a PCR as opposed to the less accurate lateral flow tests. The PCR tests are able to pinpoint the exact strain.

Anyone who frequented The Black Lion in Cheddleton and The Three Horseshoes Country Inn and Spa in Blackshaw Moor on either May 22nd or 23rd are also being urged to get a PCR Test.

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director for Health and Care, said:

“Over the Bank Holiday weekend we saw a sharp surge in the number of positive cases identified in pupils and staff at schools in Leek with some transmission to other family members.

“We want to identify any further cases as quickly as possible and contain this outbreak.

“This is a timely reminder that Covid is still with us and how important it is for everyone to stick to the rules, get tested regularly, isolate if required and get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Tony Walley
Tony Walley
News & Sport Editor

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