ENHANCED testing will take place in Bradford amid concerns over a rise in cases of the Indian variant

Testing has found a number of cases of the 8.1.617.2 or the ‘Indian variant’ in Bradford.

In a letter to her constituents, Bradford West MP Naz Shah said: “The Government is now conducting enhanced PCR testing and sequencing within specific settings and locations where the variant has been identified. This now applies to Bradford.

“Residents of secondary school age who live, work or study in the targeted areas are strongly encouraged to take a Covid test. This is whether they are showing symptoms or not.”

People who are showing Covid symptoms should book a test in the usual way.

Ms Shah says she will be speaking with Bradford Council and the Department of Health and Social Care to make sure “all processes are urgently in place, so we can do our utmost to stop the spread of the virus.”

She also urged everyone not yet is vaccinated to book an appointment when called to do so.


Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are being offered to:

  • people aged 30 and over
  • people who will turn 30 before 1 July 2021
  • people at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • people with a learning disability
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers
  • people who are the main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19