Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also Chairman of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Friday, May 28, 2021
The B1.617.2 or "India" variant
Yesterday the Health Secretaryprovided 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.