Covid surge testing is deployed in two parts of Surrey after cases of the Delta variant are confirmed

CORONAVIRUS surge testing is being deployed in parts of Surrey after cases of the Delta variant were identified.

Additional testing will begin tomorrow in two areas of Reigate and Banstead and will last until Sunday, the Department of Health confirmed.

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The areas include Banstead, Walton-on-the-Hill and Tattenham Corner and Reigate town centre.

All those living or working in these areas are being strongly encouraged to take a Covid-19 PCR test, whether or not they have coronavirus symptoms.

So far all confirmed cases have been instructed to self-isolate and their contacts have been identified, the Department of Health said.

Details of where and how to get a test are on the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council website.

The website says: "Case rates in the borough have been increasing for the past few weeks, particularly in the younger age groups, and an increasing number of these are the Delta variant, which is more transmissible than the Alpha (Kent) strain."

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As the coronavirus Delta variant continues to spread across the country, figures released yesterday showed the UK has the highest daily rate of coronavirus infections in Europe.

The stats revealed 107.3 people per million tested positive for the virus per day on average during the last week.

Figures recorded by the Oxford University-based research platform, Our World in Data, show Brits have even surpassed Spain when it comes to daily new confirmed cases.

The Delta variant – which was first identified in India – is now the dominant strain circulating in the UK and is believed to be between 30 and 100 per cent more transmissible than the Alpha strain, which was first found in Kent.

Due to its concerning features, the Government has held back on the last stage of lockdown lifting. 

This will now happen on July 19, rather than June 21, so more people can get their jabs.

Yesterday, Dr Susan Hopkins revealed the estimate for new infections today is "between 15,000 and 25,000", adding Public Health England is now monitoring 25 Covid variants.

She told the Science and Technology Committee this morning: "What we are seeing at the moment are about 7,000 to 8,000 infections per day – that's what we're detecting.

"But we know that that is less than half of what the true infections are in the community, and we've measured that a number of ways.

"So the estimate for current infections today is probably in the order of between 15,000 and 25,000 new infections today.

"It doesn't take very many doublings to get to very large numbers.

"But the more infections we have, the more impact there will be – so 90 per cent effectiveness, that means 10 per cent could actually come into hospital."

 

The latest Government data show that today the number of Covid cases in the UK passed 11,000 for the first time since February and daily coronavirus deaths have reached their highest figure in a month.

A whopping 11,007 new cases have been reported today – giving a total of 4,600,623 since the beginning of the pandemic.

It is the highest number of cases reported in a day since February 19 – when 12,027 more people tested positive for the killer bug.

Today's figures also show a further 19 people have lost their lives, bringing the total death toll to 127,945.

This is the highest number reported in a day since 20 people lost their lives on May 11. 

The numbers are soaring despite the UK's huge vaccine push – with four in five adults in the UK now vaccinated.

 

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