Lambeth Council has launched extra PCR testing in West Norwood in response to rising Covid-19 rates recorded in parts of the borough.  

It follows extra testing launched in recent weeks in Brixton, Stockwell, and Clapham. 

There were 179 cases recorded between May 24 and 30 and the current positive case rate is 54.8 per 100,000 people.  

This is comparable to September 2020 prior to the second wave of infections. 

On Friday (June 4) the UK recorded 6,238 new Covid cases, the highest daily figure for more than two months.

The council said the number of tests being carried out in Lambeth has increased substantially in recent months, with around 400 tests carried out per 100,000 people. 

Cllr Jim Dickson, Lambeth’s joint cabinet member for health and social care, said: “We have taken the steps to increase testing in West Norwood as a response to the small, but rising number of cases we are seeing in Lambeth. 

“Extra testing has already taken place in Brixton, Stockwell and Clapham in recent weeks, and we are grateful to all our residents for their cooperation.” 

In West Norwood a mobile testing unit has been set up at Waylett Place car park for residents to take a PCR test or collect or drop off a home test kit. 

To take a test in person at Waylett Place, residents will need to book an appointment through the Government website. No appointment is needed to pick up a home test. 

Cllr Dickson added: “Over the course of the pandemic Lambeth Council has developed policies and procedures that means we have the capacity and expertise to deal with the rising infection rate. 

“But we would encourage everyone who lives in this area to book a test and follow the government guidance to stay safe.” 

Anyone who has previously had a positive Covid-19 PCR test result should not test again within 90 days, unless they develop any new symptoms.