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Surge testing for new coronavirus (COVID-19) variants

Enhanced testing (also known as surge testing) is currently taking place in [INSERT AREA] after a case/small number of cases of the xxx COVID-19 variant were detected.

We are asking every person living in [INSERT AREA] over the age of 16 to take a PCR COVID-19 test this week, even if they are not showing symptoms. This will help us to suppress and control the spread of the virus, and enable a better understanding of the variant.

Please use the interactive map below to find out whether you live in one of the affected postcodes:

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There are a number of different ways to take part in surge testing, including home testing kits and mobile testing units.

Surge testing is only for people without COVID-19 symptoms. If you have any symptoms, please self-isolate and book a test through GOV.UK.

Living outside the surge testing area

Surge testing is only for those living in [INSERT AREA]

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole residents living in other areas can still access twice-weekly LFD testing as normal but are not being asked to take part in surge testing.

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