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The Indian variant of Covid-19 is taking over as dominant strain as cases rise across the UK, says, an epidemiologist

While Scotland has not published local information on the Indian variant, the country has recorded 808 cases as of May 27 with a sharp increase in cases in Glasgow.

The Indian variant of Covid-19 has been reportedly taking over as dominant strain as cases rise across the UK, an epidemiologist has warned people and the government to be careful.

According to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the number of instances of the Indian COVID variant has increased in the last week.

In the last few weeks, areas such as Bolton, Bedford, and Blackburn with Darwen have all seen an upsurge, with huge numbers of the Indian variant being identified.

Surge testing and more vaccines have been distributed in many other areas as infections have continued to increase.

Dr. Deepti Gurdasani on the increase of the Indian variant of Covid-19

A clinical epidemiologist, Dr. Deepti Gurdasami, also a senior lecturer in machine learning at Queen Mary University of London, while speaking on the rise of the Indian variant of Covid-19 in the U.K, according to sky news said

There’s no doubt about the Indian variant taking over, the proportion of sequences in many places in the UK show the Indian variant is 60% of cases.

While Scotland has not published local information on the Indian variant, the country has recorded 808 cases as of May 27 with a sharp increase in cases in Glasgow.

The epidemiologist in his further comprehensive statement noted that

This is highly transmissible . it so far appears to be 60% more transmissible than the Kent variant, which is 60% more than the one before that which was 20% more transmissible than the original Wuhan variant.

That shows the dangers of variants, and I don’t think this will be the last variant.

This is a continuous cycle and every new variant is a huge gamble because vaccines can really fall down against them.

So far, the vaccines are holding up against them, but we need to protect our vaccines from further variants that might make them less effective.

We’ve invested millions into our vaccines and the rollout so to protect them we need to impose strict border restrictions.

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