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After a surge in infection cases rising within UK attributed the a new mutant, identified as the Indian Variant, first suspected cases of the variant were found in the Indian outbreak and now named the Delta Virus. Kirklees Council and NHS staff have started going door-to-door in parts of Dewsbury offering coronavirus tests.
All people aged over 11 in Savile Town and Thornhill Lees are being asked to take PCR tests and all adults offered vaccinations, Kirklees Council said.
In the week to 21 May there were 107 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people – a rise of 51% on the week before.
“With Kirklees’ infection rate one of the highest in the country, and cases of the Indian variant detected locally, a programme of increased testing in the borough’s areas with highest infection rates is under way,” the council said.
All residents in Savile Town and Thornhill Lees over the age of 18 are also being offered an appointment for their Covid-19 vaccine first dose if they have not already taken it.
The district’s Outbreak Control Board, a cross-party group of leading councillors from Kirklees Council and the borough’s three MPs, said Kirklees continued to follow the roadmap out of restrictions alongside the rest of England.
Its statement added: “Given our high infection rates, we are urging residents and visitors to be cautious, but there are no restrictions to travel into and out of Kirklees. Pubs and restaurants remain open for business.”
The authority said with rising infection rates everyone in Kirklees had a part to play in keeping themselves and their community safe.
“That’s why we’re urging people to get tested, stick to the guidance and, above all, get vaccinated when you are eligible,” it added.
New testing units have been set up at the following places:
Taleem Training and Community Centre, Orchard Street, Savile Town – 10:00-16:00 BST.
Honley Community Centre, Stony Lane, Honley – 10:00-16:00 BST.
Batley Wards Hill car park, Wellington Street, Batley – 10:00-16:00.
Anyone who lives or works in Kirklees can also get an asymptomatic PCR test at these sites:
Dewsbury Railway Station Car Park, Dewsbury – 08:00-20:00 BST
Ravensthorpe KNH (Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing), Queen Street, Ravensthorpe – 08:00-20:00 BST
Percy Shaw House (Queen Street Studios), Queen Street South, Huddersfield – 08:00-20:00 BST