A strain of coronavirus first detected in India is set to be declared a ‘variant of concern’ by Public Health England, amid fears that it is spreading faster than others.
The designation of COVID-19[female[feminine variant known as B1617.2 by PHE, could see escalation in response, including the use of surge testing.
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It is believed that there were at least 48 groups of coronavirus tension across the country, largely linked to travel, although cases remain relatively low.
Health experts said they “saw no clue” that a current variant of COVID could escape vaccines altogether.
The strain is one of three related variants first observed in India which have been detected in the UK and designated “under investigation” by PHE.
The others are B1617.1 and B1617.3.
It is believed that more than 500 cases of B.1.617.2 have now been detected across England with the levels highest in London and in the North West of England.
Such a rise would represent a sharp increase from the 202 cases officially recorded by PHE in the UK as of April 28.
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