More support for surge testing, tracing, isolation and maximising vaccine uptake will be deployed in Halton, the Government has announced.
The support package aims to tackle a rise in cases of the Delta variant, which was first recorded in India, and has been announced for more areas of the north west and Birmingham.
The additional support will be introduced in Liverpool City Region, Warrington, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Blackpool and Birmingham, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said today, Monday.
Support available to local areas will include:
- Additional resources to help local authorities with testing, logistics, planning and workforce to assist with testing, door-to-door visits to engage with residents and other activities. These may come from the Surge Rapid Response Teams, from military aid or other sources depending on requirements.
- Wastewater testing samples being prioritised for sequencing.
- Specialist communications support to increase awareness and focus engagement with disadvantaged groups.
- Maximising vaccine uptake by expanding existing channels, developing new capacity and increasing local and targeted communications to reach different communities.
- Supervised in-school testing and discretion to reintroduce face coverings in indoor communal areas and classrooms in schools if they and directors of public health decide it is appropriate.
- Surge testing and enhanced contact tracing.
- Enhanced monitoring (genomic sequencing, genotype assay testing).