UK to increase Covid-19 testing in areas affected by Delta variant

London, Jun 8 (EFE).- Areas of England worst hit by a recent surge of Covid-19 Delta variant infections will receive a strengthened support package, which includes boosting testing capacity, said British Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Tuesday.

Throughout the past week, the Delta variant, first detected in India, has quickly spread in Greater Manchester and other areas in the north of England.

Speaking in parliament, Hancock announced the government is working with local authorities to facilitate the support package to aid Greater Manchester and Lancashire to fight the spread of the Delta variant.

The package includes more testing capacity, supervised in-school testing and military support.

The UK government is considering whether to lift all restrictions on June 21 as planned or keep them in force due to the surge of infections, he said.

Registrations for the vaccination of young adults aged 25-29 opened this week.

The NHS website registered thousands of appointment requests for Covid-19 vaccinations.

The government aims to inoculate all adults with at least one jab by the end of July. EFE


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