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COVID testing ramped up in Canterbury after outbreak

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Original article from Kent Live

COVID testing has been ramped up at the University of Kent following a surge in cases at the Canterbury campus.

Due to cases rising sharply over the past fortnight, a mobile testing unit has now been deployed to the university.

Kent County Council has reassured the public that cases remain low, adding that it is working with Public Health England and the university to provide enhanced testing and to identify any COVID-19 variants.

Despite the outbreak at the university – and with thousands of new cases of the Indian variant being detected across England over the last week – Kent has the lowest infection rate in the entire country for the new strain.

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However Canterbury has some of the highest numbers of Indian variant cases in the South East.

Another 12 new cases were detected there between May 8 and May 14, making it a total of 21 over the last two weeks.

More generally, coronavirus cases have been steadily rising in the city of late.

In the latest Government data Canterbury had an infection rate of 35.1 per 100,000 people, with 58 new cases recorded in the week to May 21.

A spokesman for Kent County Council said: "Over the past two weeks there has been an increased number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus.

"Numbers of confirmed cases remain low and the public should be reassured that, as with any suspected outbreak, KCC is working quickly and closely with PHE, the University and other partners to make sure enhanced testing is available to anyone affected, along with sequencing to identify any COVID-19 variants.

"A mobile testing unit has now been deployed to the University so that this testing can take place.

"As a result of this enhanced testing, a decision has been made to move the Kent County Council meeting on Thursday to a different location.

"The meeting will be held at the Mote Park leisure centre in Maidstone.

"Unfortunately it will not be possible to webcast the meeting but we aim to make a recording of proceedings available on our website within 24 hours."

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