Spike in UK cases of Indian variant Covid ‘could delay lockdown’
The surge in UK cases of the Indian variant of Covid ‘could delay the lockdown’.
Scientists fear that an increase in UK cases of the Indian mutant variant Covid “may delay the lockdown”. This news worries expats in Spain as they “desperately” hope that they will be able to see relatives from the UK soon.
The new Indian variant of Covid is said to be highly transmissible and scientists now believe it could become a threat to Boris Johnson’s plans to facilitate the lockdown. The Prime Minister told Parliament that the variant was “of increasing concern”. The double mutant variant has been named B.1617.2 and is starting to take hold in the UK.
Experts from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) are expected to meet today, Thursday, May 13, to discuss the growing number of cases linked to this variant. As reported by inews, experts are increasingly concerned that the growing number of cases could affect government lockdown plans, as cases have more than tripled in just one week.
A concerned EWN The reader commented, “I am desperately waiting to see my family after not seeing them for several months. I really hope this doesn’t affect the foreclosure plans and that they can travel to Spain soon. “
Speaking to inews, a Sage member explained that the next stage of easing the lockdown restrictions is expected to take place on Monday, although a “delay is possible” for the final stage of the plans which are expected to take place on June 21. . as reported the Subway.
Talk to Online Mail“Said Professor Paul Hunter, infectious disease expert at the University of East Anglia:” There has been a lot of debate about when and when a new wave of infection will occur in the UK. Today’s reports suggest that this wave may have already started.
“The fact that hospitalizations have not yet increased would be consistent with the idea that the vaccine is still effective in reducing the risk of serious illness and gives hope that this new wave, if it does continue, will be less damaging to the NHS. “
London and Bolton have been hit hardest by the new variant and, according to Professor Hunter, many of the detected cases can be linked to travel. The Bolton Council’s director of public health, Dr Helen Lowey, explained that: “There is no evidence that these variants cause more serious disease, there is evidence that the Indian variant spreads more easily than the other variants of Covid-19, so this is the one that we want to stop and contain.
“We are working closely with our partners across the community to identify people with the virus, to increase the number of our eligible residents receiving the vaccine and to remind all of us that Covid is not gone.”
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