Omicron Covid: hunting down KFC customers who visited a restaurant at the center of a new outbreak
Covid tracers continue contact 10 days ago at a KFC branch in Essex during the outbreak of the new Omicron variant
Covid tracers are tracking contacts of a KFC in the event of an Essex Omicron variant outbreak.
Following the news of the discovery of the new Omicron variant in the UK, targeted testing is focused on two sites in Brentwood, Essex, where the variant was found.
One of them is the KFC on Brentwood High Street, where the board targets testing on customers, staff and delivery drivers, EssexLive reports.
However, concerns have been expressed as contacts have been traced 10 days to November 19, raising concerns that the variant may be present for much longer than previously thought.
It comes as tracers have identified a link to the known case of Omicron Covid-19 confirmed in Brentwood on Saturday at Larchwood Elementary School in Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood.
It was announced on Saturday that the new variant had been located in Essex and Nottingham.
The next day, Essex County Council announced that contact tracers were focusing on people who had attended the KFC branch, as well as those who had visited a local church.
Visitors to the KFC between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on November 19 are encouraged to take a PCR test immediately.
Members of the congregation who visited Trinity Church two days later were asked to do the same.
They are invited to go to mobile test units, only for driving appointments.
Brentwood’s case has been reported to be linked to the other infection in Nottingham, with the latter individual believed to have arrived from southern Africa before coming into contact with the person in Essex.
Essex County Council Public Health Director Dr Mike Gogarty said: âThanks to the excellent work of our contact tracers, we were able to identify the parameters that are the focus of our attention for them. tests.
âThe aim is to understand what, if any, spread of the new variant within the local community may have occurred and to limit the possibilities of further spread. A solid contact tracing took place after the identification of the single case. “
On Sunday, the UK Health Security Agency announced a third case of the Omicron variant in the UK. The affected individual, who is believed to have also traveled from southern Africa, traveled to Westminster in London before leaving the country. They would have visited the borough at large rather than parliament or Whitehall.
A spokesperson for the council confirmed yesterday that the individual from Essex had previously visited South Africa.
The spokesperson said: “We are working with regional and local public health officials who are assessing the situation. All close contacts of these people will be followed up and asked to self-isolate and get tested.
âPeople who have tested positive so far, as well as all members of their households, are being retested and ordered to self-isolate while contact tracing is ongoing.
âWhile this work is taking place, it is important that everyone take reasonable precautions – do a PCR test if you have symptoms, isolate yourself on request, wear a face cover in crowded and confined spaces, ventilate them. parts, get your vaccine and booster shots as soon as you can. “