Indian variant of Covid-19 found in these five Bracknell schools
FIVE schools in Bracknell have been confirmed by the board as having cases of the Indian variant of the coronavirus.
The announcement made on the Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) website on Wednesday, June 2, detailed the “very small number of cases” found in schools in the district.
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These are Binfield CE Primary School, Brakenhale School, Great Hollands Primary School, Sandhurst School and Whitegrove Primary School.
The board said the five schools took immediate action after being notified and worked with Public Health England (PHE) to notify all affected contacts.
Following this, PHE advised Bracknell schools to do additional coronavirus testing, focusing on specific students / groups of students based on their risk assessment.
Photo: Bracknell Forestry Council
A spokesperson for the BFC said: “There is currently no evidence to suggest that this variant causes more severe disease than the other variants.
“However, this variant is at least as transmissible as the variant first identified in Kent, perhaps more.
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“Monitoring and controlling the spread of this variant is therefore important from a public health point of view and PHE is monitoring all cases within the district.
“Anyone over the age of 12 is advised to perform asymptomatic lateral flow tests twice a week to help identify those who may have the virus without symptoms, even if they have received the vaccine.
“Anyone who receives a positive lateral flow test should self-isolate with their household and book a confirmatory PCR test on GOV.UK or by calling 119.”