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British Health Secretary talks about Indian COVID-19 variant: It’s like fire

British Health Secretary talks about Indian COVID-19 variant: It's like fire

British Health Minister Matt Hancock said that the COVID-19 vaccines are likely to be effective in preventing the Indian variant of the Coronavirus, but among those who have not been vaccinated, it can spread “like fire”.

He said that the Indian variant may spread faster than the British variant, which has caused a very large increase in infections in the winter, which was discovered late last year in Kent and had already become dominant in some parts of the country, such as Bolton and Blackburn. In the northwest of England.

Since this variable can propagate faster than the Kent variant – we saw what happened to it in December – this means that if it gets out of control, we will have very, very large numbers of cases. And even with the protection a vaccine provides – this protection is very high, but not absolute – Hancock said in an interview with Sky News.

He confirmed that the third phase of easing the restrictions of the Corona virus in England, scheduled for Monday, is in effect, despite the spread of the Indian alternative, and the decision to move to the fourth will be made on June 14. However, he did not rule out additional local restrictions in places most affected by the Indian variant.

We’ll make the final decision on June 14th. We’ve always said we want to do it carefully because we really want it to be irreversible. The new variants are one of the biggest threats to this opening. Due to its transmission speed, it can spread like fire to vulnerable groups – so we need to vaccinate as many people as possible, especially those most at risk of hospitalization.

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The fourth and final phase of lifting restrictions is set to begin in England on June 21, but British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted Friday that the spread of the Indian alternative was putting that date into question. As reported on Thursday, 1,313 cases of the Indian type have been detected in the UK so far, meaning the number has increased six-fold in two weeks.

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