Health Secretary Matt Hancock said five people who had received a single stroke were hospitalized with the Indian variant in Bolton, and one who received both.
He told The Andrew Marr Show on the BBC: “We believe there are five people who ended up in hospital after being hit. “
Asked about the people who were beaten twice, he said: “We think there is one person, but this person was fragile.
“A small number of them had a stroke and then there was one case where they had two strokes and they ended up in the hospital and they were fragile.”
When asked if anyone had died with the Indian variant after being beaten twice, Mr Hancock replied: ‘Not to our knowledge. “
Professor Adam Finn, University of Bristol and member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), said: “Comforting news is that we have always seen good protection against serious disease with different vaccines. and different viruses. far “.
He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “And so I think we’re all cautiously optimistic that that will continue to be the case with this version of the virus as well. “
He said there is less certainty about how vaccines will be able to impact milder disease, and in particular impact transmission of infection in the population.
“It remains to be found out, but I think people should be reasonably convinced that if they are fully vaccinated their risk of serious illness will also be greatly reduced against this version of the virus. “
Mr Hancock said the Indian variant is “relatively widespread” but currently in low numbers in most countries.
He told The Andrew Marr Show on the BBC: “We think it’s relatively widespread in small numbers. “
Matt Hancock said it is “very likely” that the Indian variant of Covid-19 will become the dominant variant in the UK.
He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I think it’s very likely that this will become the dominant variant. We’re not sure exactly how more heritable it is, but I think it will likely become the dominant variant here.
“What it reinforces is the importance for people to show up for testing and to be careful, because it’s not over yet.
“But the good news is that we are more and more convinced that the vaccine works against the variant, the strategy is on the right track – it’s just that the virus has just gained a little bit of pace and so we all have to be one. little more careful and careful. “