Surge testing is underway in Merton following an outbreak of coronavirus linked to the delta variant.

On Monday ( June 14), Merton Council set up additional testing facilities in Figges Marsh and Wyvern Industrial Estate in New Malden, in a bid to combat the rise in cases.

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The asymptomatic PCR testing is expected to last for two to three days, with mobile testing units being put in place as well as pick-up/drop-off services for test kits for the households of those asked to test.

Those required to test will be contacted directly by Merton Council.

As previously reported, council authorities confirmed that in the week ending from June 4, there has been 100 new cases in the last seven days.

Council Leader Mark Allison said: “A rise in cases was inevitable as we all ease out of lockdown, and we’re seeing that across London – but this has been a sharp rise, with positive Covid-19 tests doubling over the past two weeks.

“We’re beginning to see outbreaks and confirmed cases of the delta variant, and we all need to work together to stop the spread fast.

“We need everyone to help out by coming forward for testing if they are asked to in these two areas – and beyond that, we would remind everyone in the borough that it is essential to get a rapid lateral flow test twice a week, so we can catch any spread quickly.

“We are also keen to remind people in these areas that if you do test positive, help is on hand from the council, and we can support you to apply for isolation payments to help cover any loss of income.”

For more information on testing in Merton visit here