Mass testing for Covid-19 is taking place at a West Bridgford primary school following the detection of the new Omicron variant.
‘as a precautionary measure, we are today conducting targeted testing at as school as part of our public health investigations.’
Lucy Hubber, director of Public Health
Health bosses confirm they are carrying out mass testing at a school but CBJ News understands this relates to Heymann primary.
Officials said this was a “precautionary measure”.
Lucy Hubber, director of public health at Nottingham City Council said: “As a precautionary measure, we are today conducting targeted testing at as school as part of our public health investigations.
“We know that people will be worried about new variants of Covid-19, but there are things we can all do to keep ourselves and others safe.”
In response to the variant, the City Council has informed that from Tuesday, November 30 face coverings must now be worn in shops and shopping centres, in transport hubs and on public transport.
The school has not been named publicly but it is understood that Heymann school is undergoing testing and parents have been informed.
The headteacher of the school does not wish to comment.
Nadia Whittome, MP for Nottingham East has written to the Secretary of State informing of constituents concerns regarding the emerging variant.
She said: “I urge you to work with the Chancellor to increase the rate of Statutory Sick Pay to ensure that everybody is able to self-isolate.”
Those found to be in contact with the omicron variant are informed to isolate. The world health organisation has labelled Omicron as a ‘variant of concern’.
The UK Health Security Agency ‘UKHSA’ have confirmed the first two cases were connected to travel to South Africa.
One case is located in Camden, London, and one case is located in Wandsworth, London. And the third in Nottingham.