Surge testing is being launched in Surrey after a spike in Delta cases (Image: Getty Images)
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Surge testing is being launched in parts of Surrey amid a spike in cases of the Delta variant.
People living or working in specific parts of the county are being encouraged to get a PCR test even if they do not have symptoms.
It comes as the UK recorded 11,007 new cases today – the biggest single-day increase in four months.
An enhanced testing programme in Surrey will begin on Friday and run until Sunday June 27 for the areas of Banstead, Walton-on-the-Hill, Tattenham Corner and Tadworth.
Extra testing will also be offered in Reigate town centre and some surrounding areas including Meadvale.
The enhanced testing programme will last until June 27
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Earlier this week, the Mirror reported how Reigate and Banstead recorded 137 new cases in a seven-day period, meaning it had 92.1 cases per 100,000 people – up from 78 the week before.
So far all of the new Covid cases in Surrey have been instructed to self-isolate and their contacts have been identified, the Department of Health said.
Details of where and how to get a test are on the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council website.
Case rates in Surrey have been increasing over the past few weeks
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The website says: "Surge testing in two areas of the borough will be taking place between Friday 18 June and Sunday 27 June to help control the spread of the Delta variant.
"Case rates in the borough have been increasing for the past few weeks, particularly in the younger age groups, and an increasing number of these are the Delta variant, which is more transmissible than the Alpha (Kent) strain.
"If you live, work or study in these areas, please come forward to take a PCR Covid-19 test to help us better understand the variant and protect your family and your community.
"These tests are for anyone who is symptom free, even if they've been vaccinated, and includes adults and children."
The council said testing units had been set up around the borough.
It added that people need to turn up to get a test, which cannot be booked beforehand.