What we know about the Indian Covid-19 variant as far as Yorkshire cases are confirmed Yorkshire News

Scientists are closely monitoring the spread of the variant in the UK, and new figures from Public Health England (PHE) on Thursday are expected to show a large increase in cases.

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“Right now there is a wide range of scientific opinions about what could happen.

The Indian Covid-19 variant has been found in York. (Credit: Shutterstock)

“We want to make sure that we take all the prudential and cautious measures that we could take, which is why meetings are being held today to consider exactly what we should do.

“There are a variety of things we can do, we don’t rule anything out.”

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) will hold a meeting on Thursday (May 13) to discuss the spread of the Indian variant, amid fears that it may have an impact on the government’s roadmap out of the lockdown.

Bolton has one of the highest rates of the Indian variant in the UK, and it is believed to be primarily concentrated in those under 25.

When asked if local closures were possible, Johnson said: “There are a variety of things that we could do, we want to make sure that we do it. Obviously, there are surge tests, there is surge monitoring.

“If we have other things to do, then of course the public will want us to not rule anything out. We have always been clear that the data would guide us.

“At the moment, I don’t see anything that dissuades me from thinking that we will be able to move forward on Monday and indeed June 21 everywhere, but there may be things that we have to do locally and we will not hesitate to do them if that is the advice that We received “.

Downing Street also said officials would “not rule anything out” when asked if the government was considering increasing vaccines to accompany surge testing in areas with spikes of new variants.

The prime minister’s official spokesman told a Westminster briefing: “We want to consider all options.

“The meeting is taking place with Sage today and if they come up with any more updates on this Indian-originated variant and the epidemiology in the UK, we will consider it.”

Earlier, Professor Steven Riley of Imperial College London said that whether the roadmap for England continued on its planned path was “a government decision”, but suggested that the UK was currently in a good place.

He told Times Radio: “I think there are two key things that need to be evaluated: if infections are increasing, how quickly will they increase? But after that, are they linked to hospitalizations?

“Frontline government policy is driven by the protection of the NHS, so even if the infection starts to rise, we have to assess whether that is bringing a lot of new cases to hospitals, and there are certainly no signs of that at this time. “

On Wednesday, the European Medicines Agency said it was “fairly certain” that the vaccines currently in use would be effective against the Indian variant, an opinion shared by some British scientists.

Three types of the Indian variant have been identified in the UK, one of which is a worrisome variant.

But Oxford University Professor James Naismith said not enough was known to say for sure whether the variant could thwart the UK vaccination program.

“Vaccines do not prevent 100% infection in people,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today program. “What they do is almost 100% prevent hospitalization and serious illness. We don’t know enough yet to know whether the Indian strain will behave differently.

“So even the common virus can infect people who have been vaccinated, and sometimes it can be reinfected.”

Professor Naismith said the variant may spread “far beyond” the local areas where it has been detected, suggesting a much broader community transmission of the variant.

“I think we should see it as a problem at the national level,” he said. “It will go everywhere. We continue to learn this lesson, but we know it will.”

Professor Naismith said he did not believe that local restrictions would work to contain the variant, adding: “When we tried locally to have different restrictions in different regions, that didn’t really make any difference. So I don’t think it really works to think of a localized containment strategy. “

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This notice was published: 2021-05-13 12:47:36