The Indian variant of covid-19 remains the main problem for UK authorities. This Wednesday the Minister of Health announced that the country has already confirmed 2,967 cases of the mutation, considered much more contagious and potentially more deadly.
The figures released by Matt Hancock consist of a considerable increase in the number of cases attributed to the Indian variant, which on Monday were just over 2,300. In two days, the country saw the contagion of that mutation increase by 28%.
As a result of this increase in cases, authorities are trying to speed up vaccination and testing capacity in several cities across the country, such as Bedford, Burnley or Leicester.
In practice, we are putting more testing into practice “said the minister.
In parallel, the British government is also trying to increase vaccination, in what is one of the countries with the most advanced process in the world, having started the first vaccinations in early December. More than 70% of the population received at least one dose of the vaccine, and the government hopes to open the vaccination soon to people over 35 years of age.
The problem related to the Indian variant comes at a time when Portugal is beginning to receive thousands of tourists from the United Kingdom. Although there are several precautionary measures related to these trips, the spread of that mutation may be a concern for Portuguese health authorities.
Despite the fact that vaccination is advancing at a good pace, which is reflected in the number of cases and deaths, many sectors of society fear that the Indian variant may cause a pause, or even a setback, in the plan of deflation.
The UK had more than 60 thousand cases and more than a thousand deaths in a single day, when those numbers are now around two thousand contagions, with the number of deaths being recurrently less than ten.
Still on the Indian variant, Matt Hancock revealed that most of the cases were reported in younger people, who had not yet been vaccinated.