Number of confirmed Indian variant cases in Mansfield revealed

Thamoor Faqir prepares to give a Covid-19 vaccination at the Penny Street vaccination centre in Blackburn as the spread of the Indian coronavirus variant could lead to the return of local lockdowns ministers have acknowledged. Bolton Blackburn with Darw

Data shows prevalence of the Indian variant continues to be highest in the North West of England in Bolton and Blackburn with Darwen - two local authorities that have seen extra vaccinations deployed in an attempt to protect residents against B.1.617.2's tightening grip on their local areas.

Taking to Twitter, the WHO Nepal account wrote this morning: "WHO is not aware of any new variant of SARS-CoV-2 being detected in Nepal". They found that people who had been fully vaccinated with two Pfizer doses had antibodies that were 6 times lower against the B.1.617.2 variant, 5 times lower against the B.1.351 variant, and 2.6 times lower against the B.1.1.7 variant when compared to the original strain. The B.1.617 has been found in 8,900 samples. The B.1.617.1 strain has been termed as the Kappa Variant by World Health Organization on Monday as they discouraged naming variants after their place of origin and resorted to the Greek Alphabet system instead.

A total of 56,602,996 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and June 4, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 471,939 on the previous day. It has not been declared a new variant.

They are among at least 1,223 cases of the VOC-21APR-02 mutation in the East of England - the third-worst affected of England's nine regions.

Dr Jeff Barrett, director of the COVID-19 Genomics Initiative at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, said there have been 91 sequences observed of the Indian variant containing this specific mutation.

So far, genome sequencing of 29,000 coronavirus case samples have been done in India, NDTV reported. This was done to understand the virus better. "We are studying the role of the Delta variant in breakthrough infections, or infections post vaccination, and will submit a report soon", he said. Evolutionary pressure induced by largescale immunity might have forced the virus to undergo certain deletions in its spike protein for survival in hosts making them susceptible.

Covid-19 is circulating widely across the global population, making it more likely to create new mutations of the original virus.

Researchers have submitted their findings to the Genotype-to-Phenotype National Virology Consortium (G2P-UK), the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), as evidence of the level of protection people might receive against the new variants after one dose and both doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

This variant has developed to spread more rapidly through the population, which is why United Kingdom leaders are being more cautious with the easing of lockdown.

New coronavirus cases involving the Indian variant have increased by 79% compared with last week, and the strain is now believed to be dominant in the UK.

Dr. Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency said: "With this variant now dominant across the UK, it remains vital that we all continue to exercise as much caution as possible".

Vaccine efficacy is a sliding scale, so the question isn't "does a vaccine work or not?" but rather: "what proportion of infections, serious disease, or deaths does the jab prevent?"

The vaccines which are now in use are expected to provide some protection against new strains of Covid-19.

According to the Telegraph, a two-week delay to the final stage of Boris Johnson's road map will be used to accelerate second jabs for over-40s, moving from a 12 to eight-week gap between doses, echoing the practise that is already in place for over-50s. We are increasingly confident that the vaccines are effective.

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