Seven cases of significant changes to the Covid-19 have been found in the UK, as the government seeks to strengthen its protection against strains that may be able to avoid existing vaccines.
There were cases Reported by the government On Thursday evening, the UK received a total of 600 confirmed cases after it was first caught, with 56 new cases first identified in South Africa
Health authorities earlier this week Encouragement test steps For the variant discovered in four London boroughs in South Africa and on Friday it expanded to the Birmingham and Sandwell area.
The B1.6.1711 UK variant, first identified in India, is currently classified by the UK Health Authority as a “probationary variant”, not a P1 of Brazil and 501Y.V2 from South Africa, but a “form of concern” in recent weeks. The strain has grown as the virus has spread rapidly in different parts of India.
It was first detected in the UK on 22 February, according to the UK Genomic Sequencing Database, and some scientists have expressed concern that it appears to be more contagious and more resistant to the body’s immune response than other forms prevalent in India.
The country is suffering A devastating second wave of the Covid-19, Its caseload surpassed last year’s epidemic peak and a vaccine rollout spotting.
India is currently “not on the red list” in the UK for travel which requires visitors arriving in the UK to stay in a hotel for 10 days.
Christina Pazel, a professor of operational research at University College London and a member of the Independent Sage, convener as an alternative to the government’s top scientific advisory team, called on the government to include India in the list.
The government said on Friday it was keeping the list “under regular review” and would “not hesitate to introduce strict sanctions and add countries if it deems it necessary”.
There are two mutations around the spike protein of B.1.617 that the virus uses to enter human cells, although they are somewhat different from those seen in P.1 and 501Y.V2.
The first transformation of the spike is called E484Q, which is similar to a mutation called E484K found in different but different forms of anxiety. Scientists are investigating whether this mutation has a similar effect on the virus’s ability to infect human hosts.
Downing Street says it was confident despite the new variant outbreak Its road map road to reduce coronavirus limitations 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 have been allowed to resume.
A spokesman said, “The prime minister has said before that he did not see anything in the data so that we can understand that we cannot keep up with the speed of the road map,” a spokesman said. “We decided at that time, the four tests that we would like to continue as we go through the road map.”
The latest coronavirus infection data could boost confidence in the government’s decision.
According to the weekly Office for National Statistical Survey, Coronavirus infection has decreased across all regions of the UK. In England, an estimated 112,600 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the week ending April 10, the equivalent of about 1 in 480, up from 1 in 340 the week before.
With the exception of high school children and those aged 50 to 69, the rate of infection has decreased in each age group, where it is difficult to determine this trend.