1m told to have Covid test if they have runny nose, headache or nausea

People who experience symptoms that could be Covid-19 but do not fall under the traditional signs will be asked to have a test.

A million people in the northwest have been warned to watch out for runny nose, nausea and headaches – and get tested for Covid if they see these signs.

Other symptoms include diarrhea, fever and chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tiredness, muscle or body pain, sore throat, vomiting, and congestion.

It comes after an outbreak of Covid where the virus showed the E484K mutation – which makes it more virulent and tougher when the vaccine is hit.

There are fears that there could be cases of the new variant in Liverpool, Warrington and Lancashire, similar to those seen in South Africa and Brazil.

32 cases of native coronavirus with the E484K mutation have been observed in the Liverpool area, but the number is likely to have increased since then, reported the mirror.

The city’s cluster is believed to have started at a funeral before Christmas, I report. Mourners tested positive for the mutated version of the virus over Christmas.

In order to track down cases of the mutated strain, people living in Liverpool are strongly advised to undergo a test, even if they have symptoms beyond three main areas of fever, persistent cough, or loss of taste or smell.

Health officials in Warrington and Lancashire are also expected to offer tests for the expanded list of symptoms.

The prompt to test is different from the door-to-door process that began earlier this week in zip codes that identified the South African variant, including parts of London, the West Midlands, Kent, Surrey and Southport.

Matthew Ashton, director of public health in Liverpool, said the cases were “worrying” but urged people not to panic.

He told the i: “We are concerned that people may not believe they have Covid because they do not have the classic symptoms and as a result they could inadvertently spread the infection to others.

“The virus is constantly changing, so it’s important that we redouble our efforts to stay one step ahead of it, and we know that some people have tested positive for other symptoms.”

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