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Moss Side Leisure Centre . New Covid surge testing centres in Moss Side , Manchester . 9 February 2021 (Image: Sean Hansford)A new Covid 19 surge testing centre will be set up at Moss Side leisure centre after a new variant of coronavirus was discovered in the area.The facility is expected to open by Thursday along with a mobile testing unit at the Arrahman Mosque on Bedwell Street.Testing centres have already been established at Our Lady’s RC Church on Raby Street and in the car park of the Gurdwara Temple on Monton Street.More than 10,000 people are being offered immediate PCR tests after four cases of a new ‘variant of concern’, known as E484k, were found in two households in Moss Side.People living in the neighbouring areas of Whalley Range, Hulme and Fallowfield are also being told to get tested at the centres or by using home testing kits that are being given out by volunteers.Read More”This is not fake news, this is to protect you and your friends in the community,” said Coun Igbon.”We need you to open your doors and listen to those who come to speak to you.”Dave Regan, director of public health in Manchester, told the committee that there is no evidence that the mutation is resistant to vaccines or causes a more severe illness.E484K is related to a strain first detected in Bristol last month, which is also related to the Kent variant which has become the dominant strain of Covid 19 in the UK.The Kent strain has been found in more than 80pc of PCR test samples taken in the city, according to Mr Regan.Anyone who tests positive for the new variant will not get their results for up to two weeks while the samples are analysed.Manchester’s own contact tracing team will also be following up positive results to try and avoid ‘bottlenecks’ in the national system.Mr Regan told the health scrutiny committee: “This will allow us to identify any links between cases, support residents to isolate and manage any clusters and outbreaks quickly.”Read MoreTwo men face life sentences for murdering man in hammer attack as they drug debtRead MoreNewsallMost ReadMost RecentCoronation StreetCoronation Street teen on how his daughter and long distance girlfriend have kept him going in lockdownThe actor, known for portraying Simon Barlow, has been part of the ITV soap since 2008Tesco forced to BAN the sale of underwear in hundreds of supermarketsTescoThe supermarket has explained its decision to angry shoppersSusanna Reid says she’s dressed ‘inappropriately’ for GMB as fans go wildGood Morning BritainThe ITV presenter has been the subject of teasing from co host Piers Morgan after viewers previously criticised her choice of outfits for the early morning showThe only place in Greater Manchester that could be Covid freeGreater Manchester NewsAn area of Stockport is leading the way in driving down coronavirus infection rates.Large police presence in north Manchester amid reports of shots fired in ‘targeted incidents’ live updatesHarpurheyThree shots were reportedly fired in Harpurhey in what police understand to be targeted incidentsGreater Manchester NewsThe latest coronavirus hotspots in Greater ManchesterAn interactive map reveals the number of coronavirus cases in each local area.