Fears new Covid variant may ‘sabotage’ roadmap out of lockdown

Fears new Covid variant may 'sabotage' roadmap out of lockdown

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A leading scientist has warned that a new variant of the coronavirus could ‘sabotage’ the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown as four cases are recorded in Scotland.
Recent figures suggest that Covid-19 infections across the UK have fallen to the lowest level since the fall, but despite this, Danny Altmann, professor of immunology at Imperial College, says the Great -Brittany should be prepared for a third wave after 77 cases of another. possible variant has been registered at national level.

The ‘B.1.617 variant’ was first discovered in India and Public Health England reports that 73 cases of the B.1.617 strain have been found, with four more cases in Scotland.

He added that the discovery of the Indian variant in the UK should justify India being placed on the UK’s “red list”.

Officials have designated its version as a variant under investigation (VUI) rather than a variant of concern (VOC), such as the Manaus (Brazil) or South African variants.

But Prof Altmann said he suspected the Indian mutation would turn into a worrying variant.

He said he possessed properties that allowed him to evade the coronavirus vaccines currently on offer and that he was more transmissible.

Professor Danny Altmann says Britain should be on guard for third wave
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He told the BBC: “I think we should be terribly worried about this.

“These are (the worrisome variants) that may sabotage our escape plan the most right now and give us a third wave.” They are worrying. ”

India recorded more than 217,000 daily cases on Friday, pushing its total since the start of the pandemic to more than 14.2 million, as World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that global Covid rates are “worrisome”.

Professor Altmann said he found it “mystifying” and “slightly confusing” that people from India were not required to stay in a hotel.

India is currently not on the government’s “red list” for travel, which sees people who have stayed in these countries in the previous 10 days have been denied entry to the UK.

British or Irish nationals, or people with UK residency rights, can return from Red List countries, but must self-isolate in a quarantine hotel for 10 days.

A spokesperson for Downing Street said the government’s red list of travel-banned countries was “under constant review” when asked why India was not on it.

Downing Street has insisted Boris Johnson’s trip to India later this month will continue but will be slightly shorter than the original four-day trip planned.

British officials hope the Prime Minister’s visit will revive trade talks with India.

Boris Johnson plans to visit India next month.
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According to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), around one in 480 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week of April 10 – the lowest figure since the week of September 19 of the ‘last year.

Infection rates in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have followed a similar downward trend in numbers, according to ONS data.

Professor Altmann has said that as a result, those arriving in the country from India should be subject to a hotel quarantine if the UK is to rule out variants that could delay plans to ease the Premier’s lockdown. minister.

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