Local testing - COVID-19 variant

Rapid local testing, known as surge testing, has been introduced by the Government in areas where cases of new COVID-19 variants have been detected

Surge testing takes place in addition to existing extensive testing, and will help to monitor and suppress further spread of the virus. People living in targeted areas will be contacted and encouraged to take this additional test.

Variant cases in Hampshire

There are currently no rapid local testing programmes taking place in Hampshire.

In February 2021, a rapid local testing programme took place in the Bramley area, north of Basingstoke. This followed confirmation of a single case of the South African variant of the virus.

Local residents are being informed whether they are COVID-19 positive by NHS Test and Trace in the usual way. The testing programme is now complete.