Indian COVID variant of concern found in Cambridge

James Marshall
May 15, 2021

Public Health England has recorded 1,313 United Kingdom cases of the Indian variant.

Dr David Edwards, Consultant in Health Protection at PHE East, said: "Following a rise in the number of cases of coronavirus in Cambridge, Public Health England (PHE), Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridge City Council have been working together with local communities to help stop further transmission of the virus".

It said "economic and social" restrictions could be re-imposed in parts of England if necessary. Doses are being sent to affected areas, and the possibility that certain groups could receive an early second dose is being considered.

The figures released on Thursday are more than double the 520 cases recorded by PHE up to 5 May.

The European Medicines Agency has said it is "pretty confident" that current vaccines will be effective against the variant, an opinion that has been echoed by some British scientists.

But it also said ministers "cannot rule out re-imposing economic and social restrictions at a local or regional level if evidence suggests they are necessary to contain or suppress a variant which escapes the vaccine".

"We want to make sure that we take all the prudential, all the cautious steps now that we could take", he said.

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Surge testing is already taking place in 15 areas across England.

Johnson's government is now implementing measures to halt the spread of the variant, including "surge testing", which is an increase in testing in impacted locations, including in some cases door-to-door testing.

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