The UK has found more cases of variants associated with the second severe wave in India
Sixty-seven cases of a new variant associated with the rise of Covid-19 cases in India have been found in the UK as the government seeks to strengthen defenses against strains that may be able to prevent existing vaccines.
There were cases the government has reported on Thursday evening, along with 56 new cases of the variant first identified in South Africa, all 600 confirmed cases since it was first detected in the UK were 600.
Earlier in the week, health authorities he increased the tests of ascent It spread to the four districts of London for the variant found in South Africa and on Friday to the Birmingham and Sandwell areas.
Variation B.1.617, first identified in India, is now classified by the UK health authorities as a “variant under investigation” “not a worrying variant”, like the Brazilian P.1 and 501Y.V2 in South Africa, but concerns have grown around the tension as the virus has spread rapidly in Indian regions in recent weeks.
It was first detected in the UK on 22 February, according to UK genomic sequencing databases, and some scientists are concerned that it appears to be more contagious than the other variants in Indian circulation and more resistant to the body’s immune response.
The country is suffering The second devastating wave of Covid-19, its cases surpassing last year’s pandemic and the spread of vaccines.
India is not currently on the UK’s “red list” to travel, which requires visitors returning to the UK to put in a hotel within 10 days.
Christina Pagel, a professor of operational research at University College London and a member of the Independent Sage, a group gathered as an alternative to the government’s main scientific advisory group, called on the government to put India on the list.
On Friday the government said it was “constantly reviewing” the list and “will not hesitate if we believe it is necessary to implement tougher restrictions and add countries.”
B.1.617 has two mutations around the nailed protein that the virus uses to enter human cells, although the ones seen in P.1 and 501Y.V2 are slightly different.
The first mutation in the nail is called E484Q, which is different but in a similar location to a mutation called E484K found in several variants of concern. Scientists are investigating a virus that has a similar effect on the ability of humans to infect human hosts.
Downing Street said it remained confident despite the appearance of new variants its roadmap to alleviate coronavirus restrictions In England. From April 12, pubs and restaurants with outdoor facilities have been allowed to reopen and personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons reopened.
“The prime minister has said he sees nothing in the data to suggest that we cannot move at the pace set by the roadmaps,” a spokesman said. “At the time we set off, we would continue to study the four tests as we crossed the road.”
It is likely that the latest data on coronavirus infection will strengthen confidence in the government’s decision.
According to the weekly National Statistics Survey Office, coronavirus infections have fallen in all regions of the UK. In England, approximately 112,600 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the week ending April 10, about 1 in 480 people, less than 1 in 340 people in the previous week.
Infection rates decreased in all age groups, except in the case of secondary school children and those aged 50 to 69 years, making the trend more difficult to determine.