UK records another 2,596 coronavirus cases, 34 deaths
UK records another 2,596 coronavirus cases, 34 deaths
Here Comes Another One: Indian Double Mutation COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Britain
17 April, 2021, 22:51
PHE officials knew that variant was spreading in Britain in December but didn't start testing communities to weed it out until February.
In the 265 lineages from India, the cumulative prevalence of the B.1.617 variant was 10 per cent, the Scripps researchers found.
India is going through a rough second wave of the virus, with higher infection rates than during the first explosion in cases last summer.
India is not on the red list so there is no requirement for hotel quarantine.
Some experts are concerned that the new strain could be effective at evading human immune response.
India has confirmed the new and potentially troublesome variant of the coronavirus, which has two mutations in the spiky protein that the virus uses to fasten itself to cells.
"What we are doing is working with India and working with countries around the world to make sure that we increase the proportion of sequencing that is happening around the world but making sure that this is intelligent sequencing so that we can detect where these variants of interest and these variants of concern are", she added. The variant is believed to be largely responsible for India's current second wave of the pandemic, with infection rates and hospitalisations increasing once again.
India is now battling a widespread surge in infections, with experts suspecting the most likely cause is the presence of more infectious variants, including the one detected in the country.
The prime minister has already scaled back his planned visit to Delhi, but is still planning to go at the end of April, with Downing Street insisting all elements of the trip will be "COVID-secure".
The country is not now on the Government's "red list" for travel, which sees people who have been in those countries in the previous 10 days refused entry to the UK.
A No 10 spokesman said today: 'We add and remove countries based on the latest scientific data and public health advice from a range of world-leading experts.
A staggering 175,910 new cases were diagnosed yesterday, nearly treble the 65,000 cases on April 1.
Mr Johnson was due to spend four days in the south Asian country but after talks with Narendra Modi's administration, the "bulk" of meetings will take place on one day - Monday, 26 April.
India is not now on the Government's "red list" for travel.
Holidaymakers or people without a legal right to be in Britain will be turned away at the border, while others must quarantine in a hotel at their own expense. This is the list of countries which if people have travelled to in the previous 10 days, they're refused entry to the UK.
When and where was it discovered?
United Kingdom health officials have isolated 77 cases of the highly infectious B.1.617 variant of coronavirus which causes Covid-19, first found in India.
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