Coronavirus UK news LIVE – Boris Johnson to hold press conference on Indian Covid variant amid fear red list ‘too late’

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Coronavirus UK news LIVE – Boris Johnson to hold press conference on Indian Covid variant amid fear red list ‘too late’

THE Prime Minister is expected to hold a press conference at Downing St at 5pm today to update the nation on the fight against the pandemic. Bor

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THE Prime Minister is expected to hold a press conference at Downing St at 5pm today to update the nation on the fight against the pandemic.

Boris Johnson’ speech will come a day after he cancelled his trip to India and slapped the country on the travel red list over concerns about the spread of a “double mutant” variant.

Although it is not yet classified a variant of concern like Brazil or South African strains , the fact the Indian variant contains multiple mutations from the original SARS CoV-2 makes it much less easy to predict.

Two of the mutations seen in the India strain could make dodge vaccines much easier than earlier variants, while a third mutation could make it much easier to transmit.

So far there are at least 73 documented cases of the Indian strain in the UK but there is criticism that the decision to place India on the travel red list was made too late to prevent it taking hold over here.

The Government’s former chief scientific adviser Professor Sir Mark Walport, told BBC Breakfast: “These decisions are almost inevitably taken a bit too late in truth, but what’s absolutely clear is that this variant is more transmissible in India.

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