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A total of 2,323 cases of the Indian variant of the coronavirus have been reported in the UK, the health secretary said.

Provide a COVID-19[female[feminine In a statement to the Commons, Matt Hancock said 483 cases have been confirmed in Bolton and Blackburn with Darwen, where the variant is now the dominant strain.

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Mr Hancock revealed there were 86 local authority areas where there were five or more confirmed cases of the variant – and said surge tests would take place in Bedford after an increase in cases.

In Bolton and Bolton and Blackburn with Darwen, cases of the variant doubled last week and are increasing across all age groups.

He said 19 people in Bolton and eight people in Blackburn are in the hospital, “the majority of whom are eligible for a vaccine but have not yet received a vaccine.”

Mr Hancock added: “This shows that the new variant does not tend to penetrate the older and vaccinated groups and it again underscores the importance of receiving the vaccine especially – but not only – among the d groups. ‘vulnerable age. “

In Bolton, a rapid response team has been “deployed” to the region, including the deployment of 50 additional vaccinators, the opening of two new vaccination centers and six screening centers.

The vaccination rate there tripled over the weekend, with 6,200 people receiving a vaccine.

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