THE county council has confirmed that there have been no further cases of the South African coronavirus variant identified in the county ‘at the current time’ following surge testing in Bramley last week.

Earlier this month, one positive case of the South African variant of Covid-19 was detected in the Bramley area, north of Basingstoke.

Last week, all residents were offered door-to-door testing in order to help alleviate the chances of spread of the strain.

In addition, a mobile testing hub was set up in the car park of the Bramley Inn on Sherfield Road, for residents to take a walk-in test.

Speaking to the Gazette, a spokesperson for Hampshire County Council said: “The rapid local testing programme of the Bramley community was completed on Friday, and we would like to thank local residents for their tremendous support over the three days.

“As is normal practice, testing results will be communicated to individuals in confidence by NHS Test and Trace.”

The spokesperson also confirmed that there are currently no further reports of the South African strain in Hampshire, adding: “We are not aware of any further cases of a COVID variant within Hampshire at the current time.”