People are reminded to get tested if they have coronavirus symptoms after a case of the South African variant has been identified over the border in Sandwell.

While no cases of the new variant have been identified in Dudley borough, residents are asked to be vigilant.

People living in the St Thomas’s ward (including Kate’s Hill, the Buffery area, Dixon’s Green) which neighbours the areas of Sandwell where surge testing is taking place do not need to participate in surge testing.

Anyone working in the Oldbury or Tipton area should get a lateral flow test via the mobile testing unit in Sandwell at Pure Gym, Dudley Port, DY4 7UL.

Dudley borough residents are reminded to get a standard Covid-19 test if they have any symptoms: a new continuous cough, a high temperature, a loss of change to your sense of taste or smell.

If they feel generally unwell and are displaying other symptoms they should get tested as a precaution. https://www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirustesting/

Anyone leaving their home for any reason and not displaying symptoms are encouraged to participate in asymptomatic (lateral flow) testing twice a week at locations across Dudley borough.

Parents and carers and bubbles of children and young people are among those with priority access to home testing https://www.dudley.gov.uk/symptom-free-testing

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:

I must stress there are no cases of the new variant in Dudley borough but this is a reminder to us all to be extra vigilant. It is really important people get tested if they feel unwell so we can prevent the spread of the virus and identify any cases of the new variants in the borough.

We must all continue to follow social distancing guidelines and get the vaccine when invited to have it. It’s our best way of controlling the virus and saving lives.

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