Testing to continue at Needham Market after Covid Indian variant found in Suffolk

Testing will continue at the site of the former Mid Suffolk District Council offices, off Hurstlea Road, until Saturday May 29 but it has now been decided that the number of Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) deployed will move from two to one from Wednesday May 26.

A Mobile Testing Unit at the former Mid Suffolk District Council offices off Hurstlea Road, Needham Market (Picture: Suffolk County Council)

Two were in operation at Needham Market on Monday May 24, with a total of 527 tests being carried out.

Stuart Keeble, Director of Public Health at Suffolk County Council, said: “The response from the Needham Market community continues to be excellent and we are very grateful.

“I would remind people that they do not need to book an appointment at the Needham Market mobile testing unit for your PCR test, you can just turn up. This will be helpful for people who are unable to book online, or who work in the town during the week.

“I would urge anyone that is local to, or works in Needham Market, to please visit the site this week for a PCR test and help us establish if the virus is spreading.

“No vaccine is 100% effective though so even if you have received one or both vaccines please get a PCR test.”

“I also continue to ask everyone in Suffolk to follow national guidance: hands, face, space, open windows at home if you have visitors, and go for your first or second vaccination appointment when it is offered to you.”