The South African strain of the Coronavirus is just like all others in the sense that viruses constantly mutate into new versions or “variants” as they’re often called. These tiny genetic changes take place as the virus makes new copies of itself in an effort to spread and thrive among populations. The South African strain is one of the most dominant in the world, and has already taken over the Eastern and Wester Cape provinces of South Africa. At least 20 other countries, including Austria, Norway and Japan, have also detected cases of the virus among their population groups.
In an effort to combat the latest strain of the virus, the Government has introduced a policy of surge testing into the UK.
Each local authority has developed its own strategy for managing the surge testing programme.
This includes opening new testing sites, sending out more home test kits and providing door-to-door testing in some areas.
The Government is encouraging everyone over 16 living in the surge testing zones to take a test as soon as possible.