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India Covid variant spreads across England
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India Covid variant spreads across England

The coronavirus variant of concern first detected in India is continuing to spread across England, with cases emerging beyond hotspot areas, data suggests. The variant, known as B.1.617.2, is thought to be driving a rise in Covid cases in parts of the UK and is believed to be both more transmissible than the variant first detected in Kent, which previously dominated, and somewhat more resistant to Covid vaccines, particularly after just one dose. At present up to three-quarters of new Covid cases in the UK are thought to be caused by the India variant. There have also been signs of a slight rise in hospitalisations. The situation has led some scientists to warn that the country is now in the early stages of a third wave of coronavirus, which despite the vaccination programme modelling...