London has highest number of Indian Covid variant cases in England

Boris Johnson to hold 5pm press conference amid calls for

Boris Johnson to hold 5pm press conference amid calls for "jabs blitz" to curb Covid Indian variant

Dr David Edwards, Consultant in Health Protection at PHE East, said: "Following a rise in the number of cases of coronavirus in Cambridge, Public Health England (PHE), Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridge City Council have been working together with local communities to help stop further transmission of the virus".

The variant B.1.617.2 is one of three subtypes of the variant first detected in India and was designated as a VOC by PHE last week after over 500 cases were found in parts of England.

During the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) session in the House of Commons, he was asked about the variant - named B.1.617.2 and classified as a Variant of Concern (VOC) by Public Health England (PHE) - and told Members of Parliament that it may be "considerably more transmissible" than the dominant variant in the United Kingdom first detected in the county of Kent previous year.

"It is more important than ever that people get the second dose".

Boris Johnson will be joined by England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty. The statement follows the release of government data showing that the strain of coronavirus, known as B1.617.2, has recorded 1,313 cases in the country this week, a substantial increase from last week's 520.

Surge testing is already taking place in 15 areas across England.

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On Thursday, the prime minister's spokesman said surge vaccinations have not been ruled out as a way to deal with the rise . Prof Naismith said: "I think we should view it as a country-wide problem".

"We will look at testing the wider organisation that's involved and depending on the level of variants found we will look at potential community surge testing".

"I am glad we are on a one way road to freedom, as the prime minister has stated, and freedom from COVID regulations, as the health secretary has undertaken to MPs in the House of Commons".

"We're just looking at the immediate group of people affected".

Covid case rates in three areas of Northamptonshire are among the top five per cent highest in the country.

Those aged 38 or over are now eligible for jabs and widening that to everybody over 16 would mean around 210,00 over-16s requiring first doses in Northamptonshire.

"Good news is we have no evidence vaccines are less effective".

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