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COVID-19: Indian variant of coronavirus expected to become most dominant in UK, says Professor Chris Whitty | UK News

The Indian variant of the coronavirus is expected to become the most dominant in the UK and is more transmissible than the one native to Kent, government scientists have said.

England’s medical director, Professor Chris Whitty, told a press conference in Downing Street on Friday: “We predict that over time this variant will overtake and dominate in the UK in the same way as the B117 has took over and other variants took over before that. “

Prime Minister Boris Johnson added that due to the high rates of variant cases in Bolton and the North West, England’s latest easing of restrictions on June 21 could be delayed.

But he sought to reassure the public, saying there was “no evidence” that the current COVID-19[female[feminine the vaccines will not be effective against the variant.

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According to the modeling, there is a “realistic possibility” that the B.1617.2 variant was detected for the first time in India could be “50% more transmissible” than that which emerged in Kent at the end of last year.

The government’s Pandemic Influenza Modeling Panel (SPI-MO) has warned that it could cause a “significant resurgence” of the virus because “there are still too few adults vaccinated” to stop its progression.

Public Health England (PHE) on Thursday released data showing cases of Indian variants doubled last week, from 520 to 1,313.

He also revealed that four people died accordingly, but stressed that the overall risk remains relatively low.

Currently India is on the government red list, which means anyone arriving in the UK from there must stay in a government sanctioned hotel for 10 days.

But pundits and opposition politicians have expressed concern …

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