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Tower Hamlets Surge Testing

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  1. Are there COVID-19 variants in Tower Hamlets?

    Yes. Several cases of 'variants of concern' have been found in some parts of Tower Hamlets...

  2. What are 'variants of concern'?

    Over time all viruses, like SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19 disease, naturally mutate...

  3. Are variants of concern more dangerous?

    Although most variants are not a cause for concern, some can be more easily spread...

  4. What is surge testing?

    Surge testing is the term used to describe increased testing and enhanced contact tracing in specific locations in England...

  5. Why is there surge testing in Tower Hamlets?

    Monitoring has shown several cases of COVID-19 variants of concern in Tower Hamlets...

  6. Do I need to get a test?

    Variants of concern have been found in the following areas...

  7. What type of test is it?

    If you live in an area with a variant of concern, you'll need to take a PCR swab test...

  8. Can I use the lateral flow test (LFT) instead?

    The PCR test detects variants of concern, which LFT's cannot do...

  9. Do I need to be tested if I've already had the vaccine?

    Yes. You can still be infected and carry the COVID-19 virus even if you've been vaccinated.

  10. Do I need a PCR test if I’ve had a very recent negative Lateral Flow test?

    Yes. No test is ever 100% accurate so you can get a negative test result and still have the virus...

  11. Does everyone in Tower Hamlets need to get tested?

    No. There is a very small number of cases of the variants of concern and all those who have been identified are currently self-isolating.

  12. Where and how can I get a PCR test?

    Visit the test site at...