You may be aware that a small number of cases of the coronavirus variant first found in Kent have been found in the Moss Side area of Manchester, following testing work by Public Health England. Manchester City Council has stressed that there is no reason to be concerned that this strain is more severe than others – or that vaccinations won’t work – but it’s important that Public
Health England can track how any new variants are spreading.

As such, they have asked anyone over the age of 16 who lives, works or studies in the area to get a PCR test, whether they are showing any symptoms of the virus or not. This affects people who live, work or study in post code areas M14 4, M14 7, M15 5, M15 6, M16 7, M16 8.

From today (Tuesday 9 February) enhanced community testing will be introduced and is taking place in parts of Hulme, Moss Side, Whalley Range and Fallowfield. This enhanced ‘surge’ testing means that they can test specifically for the new strain in a large number of people who do not show any symptoms so that it can be spotted early, and action can be taken quickly to help prevent further spread and limit the number of people exposed to the virus.

How to get a test

If you have coronavirus symptoms you should continue to book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus, via the NHS COVID-19 app or by calling 119

– Mobile Testing Units will be in the location below for those without coronavirus symptoms:

Moss Side Leisure Centre Moss Ln E, Moss Side, Manchester, M15 5NN
Opening times: Mon to Fri 7:30-18:00, Sat to Sun 10:00-14:00

– For those people who are unable to attend a test site, home test kits will be delivered to their homes.

Full details of the additional testing locations, how to book a test and when you may need to isolate can be found on the City Council’s website here and the information is being updated regularly as this is a fast moving situation so make sure you check back for the latest information.