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Covid: Concern as Indian variant detected in Essex

Covid-19 / Mon 17th May 2021 at 07:30am

THE Indian variant of Covid-19 has been detected in Essex, the county’s public health chief has confirmed reports BBC Essex.

Essex County Council director of public health Dr Mike Gogarty said the cases were mostly in Chelmsford but was not sure how many.

Cases of the strain have almost trebled nationally in the past week, Public Health England figures showed.

Boris Johnson warned it could disrupt plans to lift lockdown restrictions on 21 June.

He also announced the wait between vaccine doses will be cut from 12 weeks to eight for the over-50s and clinically vulnerable in response.

Dr Gogarty told BBC Essex he was “worried” about the Indian variant, which is thought to be more transmissible.
He said if rates in Essex merited surge testing he “wouldn’t hesitate” in rolling it out.

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