No cases of India variant in North Somerset
- Credit: Henry Woodsford
There are no cases of the Covid Indian variant in North Somerset and Sedgemoor.
One case of the variant was recorded in North Somerset between May 2-8. But the most recent figures show that from May 9-15, no cases were recorded in North Somerset or Sedgemoor, while there were nine in Bristol and two in Wiltshire.
The mutation, known as B.1.617.2 was first spotted in India last October and has spread across a number of countries.
There have been 5,647 cases of the Indian variant detected in England so far, with the majority in the North-West.
The variant appears to spread more easily than the Kent strain, which was behind huge spike in infections this winter.
According to a study by Public Health England (PHE), the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are highly effective against the Indian variant after two doses. However, the vaccines were only 33 per cent effective three weeks after the first dose.
Prime minister Boris Johnson had cautioned that outbreaks of the new variant could threaten plans to end all lockdown restrictions on June 21.
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