The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that surge testing will be deployed in North East Hampshire, which includes certain areas in Brent Council, Ealing Council, Harrow Council, and further targeted areas in Hillingdon. The testing was deployed after a small number of confirmed cases of the variant first identified in India, B1.617.2, were found in the area. DHSC has strongly urged all individuals aged 12 and over who live or work in these postcodes to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test whether they are showing coronavirus symptoms or not. The government has announced that further targeted testing is being deployed at schools in the aforementioned areas, which started on Monday 24 May 2021. DHSC has said that the local authority will seek to reach out to anyone who should be tested.