The B1.617.2 or "India" variant

Yesterday the Health Secretary provided an update on our response to the variant of concern first identified in India, as we do everything in our power to keep the nation safe from the virus.

  • As the government set out in the roadmap, it was always expected that cases of COVID would rise as we eased restrictions which is why we must remain vigilant to the threat that this virus continues to pose.
  • With evidence suggesting that as much as three quarters of all new cases are now of the B1.617.2 variant, we are doing all we can to tackle this variant by utilising our huge testing capacity in areas where cases are highest, or rising, and surging vaccines for those who are eligible.
  • Vaccines remain our best defence against this new variant, and the case for getting vaccinated has never been stronger, which is why when you get the call, get both jabs.


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