Looking at solutions for Covid-19 variant first identified in India: UK PM Boris Johnson

LONDON: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday mentioned the Covid-19 variant first detected in India was of “rising concern” within the UK and the nation’s well being authorities are all attainable options as its case numbers proceed to rise in elements of England.
Throughout the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) session within the Home of Commons, he was requested in regards to the variant – named B.1.617.2 and categorised as a Variant of Concern (VOC) by Public Well being England (PHE) – and instructed Members of Parliament that it might be “significantly extra transmissible” than the dominant variant within the UK first detected within the county of Kent final yr.
“We have to be vigilant as a result of the specter of this virus stays actual and new variants pose a probably deadly hazard, together with the one first recognized in India which is of accelerating concern right here within the UK,” mentioned Johnson.
“We’re all potential options for the surges we’re seeing in Bolton and elsewhere together with that, though that’s not prime of the checklist proper now,” he mentioned, in response to a query on whether or not folks in probably the most affected areas of Britain could possibly be accelerated by means of the vaccination queue.
The UK Prime Minister revealed there at the moment are “860 or so” instances in England of the VOC detected in India, “however there could also be extra” because the variant “could also be significantly extra transmissible”.
The variant B.1.617.2 is one in every of three subtypes of the variant first detected in India and was designated as a VOC by PHE final week after over 500 instances have been present in elements of England. It’s amongst an inventory of variants, together with these first present in South Africa and Brazil, at the moment being monitored as VOCs in Britain.
Thus far, 127,890 lives have been misplaced and 4,455,446 folks have been contaminated by the coronavirus within the UK, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College.
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