The number of Covid-19 cases in the UK of the worrying Indian variant has doubled for the second week as authorities are reviewing a new mutation of the virus which is increasing the dilemma of the UK to fully open the economy.
The Public Health England said on Thursday the health officials have identified 3,424 cases of the B1.617.2 variant, which is also known as VOC-21APR-02. Further investigation is underway for a mutation called VUI-21MAY-01, which has 49 cases registered so far.
Scientists at PHE mentioned that as of now there is no clear evidence that suggests the vaccines maybe not as effective against the Indian variant.
Prime Minister Borris Johnson stated last week that he was concerned about the Indian variant and gave an alert warning that it will impact the country’s planning of reopening the remnants scheduled from June 21.
Health Security Agency Chief Executive Officer Jenny Harries said in PHE’s statement, “As we start to get back to normal life, it is very important that we do not become complacent.” He further added, “All of us need to remain responsible and vigilant.”
As of Monday, international holidays were permitted again and the pubs and the restaurants have been given the allowance to serve the customers indoors. The government has stated the ultimate reopening of the lockdown scheduled for June 21 at the earliest, will depend on the evolution of the virus.
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