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A door-to-door testing blitz is getting under way in a bid to find “every single case” of the South African coronavirus variant in England.
On-the-spot doorstep tests, home testing kits and mobile testing units will be deployed to try to reach 80,000 people in eight specific areas.
It follows fears that the more infectious version may be spreading in communities in England.
The health secretary said he wanted to “come down hard” on the variant.
Matt Hancock said that “finding every case” of the variant is the goal, with everyone over 16 in the targeted areas urged