Todmorden residents urged to socialise outdoors after cluster of Delta variant cases found in the town - with surge testing to take place

A cluster of cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 first identified in India has been detected in Todmorden and linked to indoor gatherings during the evenings.

Todmorden town centre

Residents of the Calderdale town have now been advised to socialise outdoors and mass testing will be available to anyone living in the area.

The Delta variant is more transmissible than other strains of the virus.

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Calderdale Council has re-issued advice to limit mixing with other households, wear a face covering, and meet others outdoors when possible.

The PCR 'surge' testing will begin in Todmorden next week and those without symptoms can still be tested.

.The council's director of public health Deborah Harkins said: “The fantastic joint efforts of people in Calderdale have helped to drive down our local rates in recent months. However, cases are now gradually increasing in Calderdale, and across the whole borough there has been an increase in cases of the Delta variant in the last week. The number of Delta cases is still low but is increasing quickly, reflecting the situation across the country.

“A cluster of Delta cases has been found in Todmorden and the evidence from contact tracing shows that this transmission started through socialising in the evening.

“If you’re out and about in the good weather this weekend, please make sure you play your part, be vigilant and take extra care. By taking preventative action together, through the five big things, we can stop things getting worse.

“To add to the public health advice that we can all follow, we’re providing more testing in Todmorden next week as a preventative measure to help control the spread of the Delta variant.”