Enhanced testing in parts of Canterbury

Some cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 (formerly known as the Indian variant) were identified in part of Canterbury, so enhanced testing took place between 1 and 15 June to avoid the variant spreading.

Between 1 and 15 June, everyone over 12 years of age, who lives or works in CT1 or CT2 7 was invited to visit a mobile testing unit to get a free PCR test.

Results and next steps

You should get your test result within 24 hours but it can take up to 3 days. If you haven't received your test result after 3 days or if you need help registering your test, call 119. For all other enquiries call 0300 041 9994 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).

If the result is positive, it doesn't mean you have the Indian variant. You and anyone you live with will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of your test. If you are told to self-isolate, you may be eligible for support from the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme.

If the result is negative, you must still continue to observe social distancing guidelines, wear a mask in public and regularly wash your hands.

You will be told if you have the Delta variant within 3 to 4 days as the enhanced sequencing takes a bit longer.

If you do have the Delta variant, the advice is the same, you and anyone you live with will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of your test.