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COVID-19: UK Indian Coronavirus Variants Cases More Than Doubled In One Week | UK News

Cases of the Indian variant of the coronavirus in the UK more than doubled last week, according to figures from Public Health England (PHE).

Data released Thursday showed there were 1,313 cases of the VOC-21APR-02 variant – also known as B1617.2 – in the country, up from 520 recorded the week before.

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier said he was “anxious” about the variant.

The strain was designated a “variant of concern” last week by BSP, when cases again more than doubled from 202 to 520 in the previous seven days.

PHE COVID-19 Strategic Response Director Dr Susan Hopkins said: “Cases of this variant are on the rise in the community and we are constantly monitoring its spread and severity to make sure we take action. rapid public health.

“We need to act collectively and responsibly to ensure that the variants do not impact the progress we have all made in reducing the levels of COVID-19 and the increased freedom that it brings.

“This means you need to pay attention and act on local health boards in your area. Testing and isolating if necessary not only limits the spread, it helps us better understand how the variant behaves in the community, which is vital. for effective and proportionate grip. action to move forward.

“If you are asked to take a test, do it. The way to limit the spread of all variants is the same. Keep your distance, wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, cover your nose and mouth with indoors, keep buildings well ventilated and meet people from other households outdoors. “

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This notice was published: 2021-05-13 18:39:00