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Indian covid variant cases confirmed in Dudley

Confirmed cases of the covid Indian variant have been reported in Dudley.

A small number of cases have been identified in Brierley Hill and Halesowen, Dudley Council has said.

Health officials are now tracking the cases of the Indian variant (VOC-21APR-02) in those two areas and residents have been urged to get a standard coronavirus test (PCR) if they have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who tested positive.

No additional testing will be put in place in line with advice from Public Health England, and the council has said it is continuing to monitor the situation.

Residents can find out where Dudley’s test sites are by visiting the council’s website.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member elect for health and adult social care, said: “I would like to reassure people that at the moment there is no evidence to say that the variant puts people at greater risk but we do know it has a higher transmission rate, which is why it’s really important people get tested so that we can identify any further cases of this strain. This will help track undetected positive cases and prevent the spread of the virus any further.

“With restrictions easing next week, this is a reminder to us all that the virus is still with us and we need to proceed with caution. It’s really important people continue to follow hands, face, space and fresh air guidance, get tested regularly and have the vaccine when it’s offered.”

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