Lambeth Council has launched extra PCR testing in West Norwood, in addition to those already operating during recent weeks in Brixton, Stockwell and Clapham.
The decision was made in response to rising Covid-19 rates recorded in parts of Lambeth in recent weeks.
There were 179 cases recorded between May 24-30 and the current positive case rate is 54.8 per 100,000 people. This is comparable to September 2020 prior to the second wave of infections.
However, the number of tests being carried out within Lambeth has increased substantially in recent months with around 400 tests carried out per 100,000 people.
Cllr Jim Dickson, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “We have taken the steps to increase testing in West Norwood as a response to the small, but rising number of cases we are seeing in Lambeth.
“Extra testing has already taken place in Brixton, Stockwell and Clapham in recent weeks, and we are grateful to all our residents for their cooperation.”
In West Norwood a Mobile Testing Unit has been set up at Waylett Place car park for residents to take a PCR test or collect or drop off a home test kit.
To take a test in person at Waylett Place, residents will need to book an appointment through GOV.UK. No appointment is needed to pick up a home test.
Cllr Dickson added: “Over the course of the pandemic Lambeth Council has developed policies and procedures that means we have the capacity and expertise to deal with the rising infection rate.
“But we would encourage everyone who lives in this area to book a test and follow the government guidance to stay safe.”
Anyone who has previously had a positive COVID-19 PCR test result should not test again within 90 days, unless they develop any new symptoms of COVID-19.
A comprehensive package of self-isolation support is also offered to all those required to self-isolate. Information on Lambeth council’s extra offer is available at lambeth.gov.uk/self-isolate-help.
For more information visit lambeth.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/extra-PCR-testing-Lambeth