Public Health Tower Hamlets is writing to let you know about a small number of cases that have been identified as Covid-19 variants of concern in the borough. Public Health England have informed us that these cases have been linked to the Brazil and South Africa Covid-19 variants.
This situation has happened in a lot of areas across the country and is managed by making extra testing available to test people who don’t have symptoms. People who test positive must self-isolate for 10 days to help control the spread of the virus. In order to help identify and contain the spread of the variant, Tower Hamlets Council are offering increased testing to all people over the age of 11 years who live, work, play or study in the Bethnal Green, Stepney Green, St Peters and St Dunstan’s wards (Postcode areas: E1 4** and E1 3** postcode areas and some of E1 0**, E1 1**, E1 2**, E1 5**, E14 7**, E2 0**, E2 6**, E3 4**).
People can check if they are in this area by clicking the link below and entering their postcode.
The following mobile testing venue has been set up. This is a walk-in facility for testing. No appointment is needed. Outside Gouldman House, Cephas Street, E1 4HQ from Sunday 2 May, 12midday to 8pm Corner of Mile End Road and White Horse Lane between 10.30 – 5.00pm. LBTH are also strongly encouraging people to test themselves at home. PCR home testing tests are available for collection and return at the sites below from 12pm to 6pm. Bethnal Green Gardens, off Cambridge Heath Road, immediately in front of Bethnal Green Library, E2 0HL. Anchor Retail Park (Asda supermarket), 123 Mile End Rd, Stepney Green, London E1 4UJ, opposite the turning for Stepney Green. Corner of Redmans Road and Stepney Green Park, (near the AstroTurf), E1 3NG. Tramshed Community Hub on Digby Street, E2 0LS (behind Albert Jacob House). They are asking people to take up this additional testing offer even if they have had the vaccine or have recently been tested.
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- Tuesday 20 April, 11am – 11.45am – link here / Meeting ID: 852 8931 7007
- Thursday 13 May, 10am – 12pm
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