(GRT MANCHESTER) #Coronavirus Report: People living in part of city where a new Kent variant of coronavirus has been detected have spoken of their fears as surge testing gets under way #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport _ Feb.09: People living in part of Manchester where a new variant of coronavirus has been detected have spoken of their fears as surge testing gets under way #AceHealthDesk report

#Coronavirus Report: Manchester residents tell of fear amid #Covid19 surge testing: More than 10,000 tests are planned after cases of the E484K mutation, known as the Kent variant, were found in two unconnected households.

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Father-of-one Lloyd Brown, 48, who lives in Moss Side, said: “People are worried and a bit fearful over what might happen and where this could lead. We just want all this to end.”

Gary Wilson, 51, who lives in Whalley Range, said: “It’s the last thing anyone wants.”

NHS track and trace staff start the new surge testing at Our Lady's Roman Catholic Church in Manchester
Our Lady’s Roman Catholic Church in Manchester is one of the surge testing venues

House-to-house testing will take place and extra test centres have been opened: Community leaders said some people were “frightened”.

Charles Kwaku-Odoi, 42, chief officer at the Caribbean and African Health Network, said: “Obviously there is real concern: “ When such news breaks out it is not unusual that people are concerned. We will be reassuring people.”……….He said health professionals could help by reassuring people about the steps they could take to limit the spread of the virus.

Caribbean and African Health Network: Charles Kwaku-Odoi said people need more reassurance: House-to-house testing is taking place in the Fallowfield, Hulme, Moss Side and Whalley Range districts.

Manchester City Council has urged residents to get tested and said while the variant is more transmissible there is no reason to be concerned it is any more severe than others: The authority said those people without symptoms could get tested at Our Lady’s Presbytery on Raby Street or Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurdwara on Monton Street. Manchester’s Director of Public Health, David Regan said two more testing sites will soon open

Manchester’s director of public health, David Regan, said on Wednesday the Islamic Cultural Centre On Bedwell Street would also become a testing site, followed by Moss Side Leisure Centre on Thursday: He said the council will also be doing targeted door-knocking to deliver testing kits to vulnerable households, schools and businesses: “ It’s a mass case-finding exercise [as] the government is really keen that we keep a step ahead of this virus,” he said: “ It will mutate, but vaccines are still effective and we are still encouraging the public to get their vaccine, even in the affected zone.”

Labour’s Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell said: “I know residents in my constituency will be anxious and worried about that: “ But people shouldn’t worry too much about it and should go: “ There will be lots of local testing sites and door-to-door knockings will be happening so people can get a test on their doorstep.”

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#AceHealthDesk report …………Published: Feb.09: 2021:

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