ENHANCED testing is to be expanded in Kirklees from tomorrow, with more communities across the borough invited to get a PCR test to help identify cases of the Covid-19 variant first detected in India.

So far, surge and enhance testing since launching in Kirklees on May 26 has seen almost 2,000 PCR tests taken through door-knocking, with a further almost 5,000 tests taken through schools surge testing which has involved pupils, staff and their households. There have been 171 new positive cases identified and isolated as a result of this work.

Surge testing will now be expanded to Thornhill, Heckmondwike, Liversedge and Westborough and Dewsbury Moor, with residents in these areas to be door-knocked and offered an asymptomatic PCR test from tomorrow.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council, said: “Our infection rate is high and is still rising. We have also had a small number of cases of the variant, first detected in India, confirmed in the borough which we know spreads more easily. "