Indian variant of Covid cases up 50% in Anglia region

Indian variant of Covid cases up 50% in Anglia region

The latest figures suggest that the number of cases of the Indian variant of the coronavirus has increased by more than half in one week in the Anglia region.

Data from the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge, which examines the detailed generic makeup of the virus, revealed 252 cases in the week to May 15, up from 167 in the previous seven days. That’s a 51% increase.

The highest concentration of cases in the region remains in Bedford, where there were 126 cases of the B1617.2 variant, which was first detected in India.

Overall, there were 1,305 positive tests for Covid-19 in the Anglia region in the week leading up to May 15 and the Indian variant accounted for 19% of cases.

Map of areas in the ITV Anglia region where the Indian variant Covid has been detected

There is a time lag with the release of data for the Indian variant, as it takes longer to complete scientific analysis of positive test samples.

There are now five regions in the Anglia region where more than half of Covid cases are the Indian variant.

  • Bedford – 81%

  • Bedfordshire central – 70%

  • Chelmsford – 66%

  • Northamptonshire est – 62%

  • North Hertfordshire – 57%

No cases of the Indian variant were found in 21 of 54 local authority areas in the Anglia region.

The region of Anglia includes the counties in the east of England of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and Rutland.

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