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  • Kirkcaldy locals urged to come forward for testing against new strain of COVID-19 (Indian variant)

    Created: 20/05/2021

    A new strain of COVID-19 first detected in India has been detected in areas of Kirkcaldy and locals are urged to come forward for testing

    NHS Fife has become aware of a small number of cases of COVID-19 in the Valley, Templehall and Bennochy areas of Kirkcaldy which are known to be the B.1.617 variant of the virus first identified in India. The known contacts of these people have already been traced and asked to self-isolate.

    It is of paramount importance that everyone in the local community stays alert to the potential of spreading the virus. NHS Fife urges people in the community to get tested at one of the drop-in testing venues in Kirkcaldy whether or not they have symptoms to help prevent the further spread of this new strain.

    To get tested there are several options all of which are drop-in centres for anyone with no symptoms, with no need to book an appointment.

    Fixed testing centre: Glebe Park Neighbourhood Centre, Kirkcaldy

    Mobile testing units: YMCA car park, Hendry Crescent and Victoria Road Car Park

    Getting tested at one of these sites means you can find out if you have the virus and give yourself peace of mind.


    Not everyone with Coronavirus has symptoms, but they can still pass the virus on to loved ones and the local community without knowing it.

    Getting tested at one of these sites means you can find out if you have the virus and give yourself peace of mind.

    If you test positive you can protect others and stop the spread of the virus by staying at home. If you are asked to self-isolate you must stay at home and try to stay away from others in your household. If you need support as a family to self-isolate, please click here or call the COVID-19 Community Helpline - 0800 952 0330. Support can mean getting food parcels and money advice to help with the cost of isolating.

    In the meantime, NHS Fife asks you to be aware of the key symptoms of COVID-19. They are:

    • new continuous cough and/or
    • high temperature
    • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

    There is a local online support hub that can provide information on testing for COVID-19 and updates on the pandemic. 

    Follow NHS Fife COVID-19 updates here.

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