Urgent measures to contain the Indian variant of coronavirus announced ­— as Bolton is hotspot for the mutation


URGENT measures to contain the Indian variant of coronavirus are being stepped up after Bolton was identified as a hotspot for the worrying mutation.

The Bolton News reported that surge testing is underway in the BL3 of the borough earlier this week, now public health bosses have announced more measures, including a covid vaccination campaign to urging people to take up the jab.

It comes as Bolton records the second highest covid infection rate in the country with cases continuing to rise.

Surge testing is currently taking place in Rumworth, Deane and Great Lever after the Indian and South African variant were detected.

And people are being urged to get tested even if they do not have symptoms.

Public health officers will be going door-to-door to explain the emergency situation unfolding in Bolton.

The Department of Health said a “small number” of cases of the variant first identified in South Africa (B.1.351) and a cluster of cases of the B.1.617.2 variant first identified in India had been found.

It comes as Public Health England (PHE) upgraded the B.1.617.2 variant to a variant of concern.

Bolton Town Hall with a social distancing

The majority of Indian variant cases are in the North West, predominantly Bolton, and London, where there has also been increased transmission.

Bolton Council’s Director of Public Health, Dr Helen Lowey, said: “There is no evidence these variants cause more severe illness, there is some evidence that the Indian variant spreads more easily than other Covid-19 variants so it is the one that we want to stop and contain.

“We are working closely with our partners across the community to identify people who have the virus, to increase the numbers of our eligible residents having the vaccine and to remind us all that Covid has not gone away.

“These measures are designed to bring the virus under control, but there are basic things we can all do to stop covid spreading.

“Wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering, maintain social distancing, keep areas well ventilated and take up the vaccine when it is offered.”

Dr Helen Wall, Senior Responsible Officer of the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme in Bolton, said:

“It is proven that vaccination has a significant impact on the spread and severity of the virus, so we will be taking steps to provide additional capacity in these areas.

“We have a good track record of vaccination and a high level of confidence in the programme already in Bolton and we aim to build on that with some targeted vaccination work to try and nip this in the bud to protect everyone in Bolton.

“We are so close to getting things back to normal; let’s keep up the momentum and stop this virus from spreading further.”

Everyone living in these parts of Bolton is asked to attend a Mobile testing unit (MTU) for a PCR test – this will help identify asymptomatic people who may be spreading the virus without realising.


Two in five over 50s in Wrexham fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

Mobile testing units are already operating at Memory Lane Wedding Venue and Makkah Mosque with home test kits available for pick up and return at Deane Road Temple.

Additional measures will be introduced in the coming days as Bolton Council and it’s partners focus on bringing the virus under control.

•More MTUs will be opened

•A renewed vaccine pushed targeted at those living in the affected areas who are eligible to be vaccinated

•Door-to-door engagement with the community to encourage take-up of surge testing and vaccination

•Leaflet drops at every household within the areas

•Working with voluntary organisations and community leaders to engage with different communities

•Translated materials and interpretation services so that members of our community are aware of the messages

•A social media campaign led by our local communities to encourage uptake of PCR testing and vaccination

Anyone who has Covid symptoms should book a test as normal using the online portal and isolate immediately.

England remains at Step 2 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown meaning people should not meet indoors with anyone outside their household or bubble.


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