The city is one of ten regions in the UK with over 100 cases of the variant, the others being Bolton (1,354), Bedford (366), Blackburn with Darwen (361), Leicester (197), Sefton ( 175), Wigan (113), Central Bedfordshire (109), Manchester (105) and Hillingdon (102), according to Public Health England.
Recently released figures showed Nottingham had over 100 cases of the virus – PHE has now confirmed exactly how many cases have been recorded so far.
The Department of Health and Welfare said those who tested positive for the Indian variant had been ordered to self-isolate and their contacts were being identified.
People with symptoms can book free tests online or by phone, while people without symptoms are encouraged to visit their local council’s website for more information.
DHSC said, “The government and its scientific experts are closely monitoring developments and variation rates, and we will not hesitate to take further action if necessary. “
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told a Downing Street press conference that up to three-quarters of new coronavirus cases were the Indian variant, although he stressed the vaccines had an effect on keeping people out of the hospital.
He said: “The latest estimates are that more than half and potentially three-quarters of all new cases are now of this variant. As we set our roadmap, we always expected an increase in cases, we must remain vigilant.
“The goal, of course, is to sever the link with hospitalizations and deaths so that lone cases no longer require strict restrictions on people’s lives. “