Covid surge testing is deployed in two parts of Surrey after cases of the Delta variant are confirmed

CORONAVIRUS surge testing is being deployed in two parts of Surrey after cases of the Delta variant were identified.

Additional testing will begin tomorrow in two areas of Reigate and Banstead, the Department of Health confirmed.

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Surge testing is being deployed in parts of SurreyCredit: LNP

They include Banstead, Walton-on-the-Hill and Tattenham Corner and Reigate town centre.

All those living or working in these areas are being strongly encouraged to take a Covid-19 PCR test, whether or not they have coronavirus symptoms.

As the coronavirus Delta variant continues to spread across the country, figures released yesterday showed the UK has the highest daily rate of coronavirus infections in Europe.

The stats revealed 107.3 people per million tested positive for the virus per day on average during the last week.

Figures recorded by the Oxford University-based research platform, Our World in Data, show Brits have even surpassed Spain when it comes to daily new confirmed cases.

The Delta variant – which was first identified in India – is now the dominant strain circulating in the UK and is believed to be between 30 and 100 per cent more transmissible than the Alpha strain, which was first found in Kent.

Due to its concerning features, the Government has held back on the last stage of lockdown lifting. 

This will now happen on July 19, rather than June 21, so more people can get their jabs.

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