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UK cases of Indian Covid strain have more than doubled in a week, figures show


An enormous surge in infections has seen the quantity of cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus double in a week.

Cases throughout the UK have shot up from 520 final week, to 1,313 cases in the previous seven days.

Most cases are in the North West of England, with some in London, Public Health England introduced.

While there is no such thing as a proof that the strain is deadlier or can evade the vaccines, its fast unfold is worrying after months of falling case charges.

Yesterday Boris Johnson expressed these issues and mentioned that the mutant strain is of “growing concern”.

Extra measures are being rolled out to trace the surge

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The Prime Minister mentioned that there’s “excessive chance” of a additional surge in cases and hospitalisations this autumn, whereas refusing to rule out one other lockdown.

“The finish of lockdown just isn’t the top of the pandemic,” he mentioned.

“The persistent menace of new variants, ought to these show extremely transmissible and elude the safety of vaccines, would have the potential to trigger higher struggling than we had in January.”

In a bid to sort out the outbreaks a new Surge Rapid Response Team is being deployed in Bolton, extra surge testing will shortly launch in areas similar to Formby, and enhanced contact tracing is in place throughout England.

Ministers are additionally contemplating a vary of choices which might embrace bringing ahead second doses for eligible teams.

Additional surge testing will be used in certain areas

Additional surge testing shall be used in sure areas

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To assist determine variant cases, surge testing is already being deployed in 15 areas throughout England to suppress transmission, with more than 800,000 extra PCR take a look at kits distributed.

Over 4,400 cases and over 14,000 shut contacts have been traced and instructed to self-isolate.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock mentioned: “This knowledge demonstrates why our swift and decisive measures are in place.

“Everyone has a half to play in controlling this variant, from taking part in surge testing, to following the principles, to getting the jab.

There is no evidence yet that the new variant is deadlier than previous ones

There isn’t any proof but that the brand new variant is deadlier than earlier ones

“We are dedicated to working with native areas and deploying our world-leading genomic sequencing to get this variant beneath management.

“We are supporting areas the place the cases of this variant are rising.

“We are monitoring the state of affairs very fastidiously and won’t hesitate to take additional motion if vital.”

The Surge Rapid Response Team in Bolton will embrace 100 nurses, public well being advisers and environmental well being officers, and can present assist to the native authority via door to door testing and inspiring residents to take a PCR take a look at.