India coronavirus strain set to be declared 'variant of concern' in England

May 07, 2021

A coronavirus strain first detected in India is set to be declared a "variant of concern" by Public Health England, amid fears it is spreading more quickly than others.

The designation of the COVID-19 variant known as B1617.2 by PHE, could see an escalation in response, including the use of surge testing.

There are thought to have been at least 48 clusters of the coronavirus strain across the country, largely linked to travel, although cases remain relatively low.

However, health experts have said they "haven't seen any hint" a current COVID variant can fully evade the vaccines.

The strain is one of three related variants first seen in India which have been detected in the UK and designated "under investigation" by PHE.

The others are B1617.1 and B1617.3.

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