GET TESTED FOR NEW MUTATION, SAYS DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, director of public health and wellbeing at Lancashire County Council, said: “If you live in Preston or West Lancashire and you’re feeling under the weather, please get a Covid test.
“It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the three classic symptoms of a fever, loss of taste or smell, or a cough – even a headache could be an indication you may have this mutation.
“Understandably, some residents may be concerned but all viruses mutate over time so this should not cause any further alarm.
“Alongside our partners, please rest assured that we are monitoring the situation closely.
“It is important to stress that there is currently no evidence that this mutation alone causes more severe illness or is more transmissible.
“The best way to control the spread is for everyone to continue to abide by the lockdown rules and following the simple steps of washing your hands, using a face covering and making space from each other.
“While Covid has been here for a while now, these new variants remind us that we all need to keep doing what we can to stay safe and avoid spreading Covid to each other.”