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Small number of cases of the VOC-21APR-02 COVID-19 variant in Abbey Ward

Published on Thursday, 13th May 2021

A small number of cases of the VOC-21APR-02 COVID-19 variant (originally identified in India) in Abbey Ward in central Nuneaton.

Dr Shade Agboola, Director of Public Health Warwickshire said: 

“Public Health England has notified us of a small number of cases of the VOC-21APR-02 COVID-19 variant (originally identified in India) in Abbey Ward in central Nuneaton.  These cases have been picked up through the national programme of genetic sequencing and detailed contact tracing is currently underway.

“All close contacts are being traced and tested as a precaution.  Warwickshire County Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council are working with PHE to further risk assess the situation, and are considering plans for enhanced community testing. It is really important that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms isolates with their household and book themselves a PCR/NHS test through or by calling 119.

"As a precautionary measure, whilst we are planning additional community testing, we would like to offer all residents (and anyone currently working) in Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough a PCR/NHS test, even if they don't have symptoms. Please access a test through the website above and click "my local authority has asked me to have a test". 

"We are recommending PCR/NHS tests, as these are the most accurate tests, and they are sent to the laboratory and analysed to look for new variants. Individuals without symptoms should continue to undertake twice weekly lateral flow testing (LFT/rapid tests) in addition to the PCR test. 

"This particular variant is at least as transmissible as B.1.1.7 (the Kent variant) that is the predominant variant in the UK currently. There currently isn't enough evidence to indicate that any of the variants recently detected in India cause more severe disease or render the vaccines currently deployed any less effective. However, the more cases of the variant we find, the better chance we have at suppressing the virus and keeping our communities safe.”