77 cases of the so-called Indian variant of coronavirus have been found in the UK according to data from Public Health England. 73 of these cases were found in England, whilst 4 were found in Wales.
The mutated form of COVID-19 is one of seven under investigation by health authorities in Britain which could be resistant to vaccines or be more fatal or contagious than the original strain of coronavirus. New strains of COVID-19 from Brazil and South Africa are also being looked at by scientists after small pockets of the mutated viruses were found in England.
The UK currently has around 600 recorded cases of the South African variant. The government is attempting to prevent the spread of new variants through mass testing and door to door testing when a new strain is identified within a community.
To prevent new forms of coronavirus from entering Britain the government has banned all international travel unless for essential reasons. India is currently on the so-called ‘red list’ of nations which requires all travellers entering the UK to isolate in a government-mandated hotel for 10 days.
India is in the midst of a major surge in COVID-19 cases, with around 200,000 being reported daily. The country has also vaccinated over 114 million people so far, with three million jabs being administered on Thursday.
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