British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned that among those who have not been vaccinated, the Indian coronavirus mutation can spread “like fire”. At the same time, he confirmed that the third phase of easing restrictions in England, scheduled for Monday, is in effect.

The British health secretary has warned that the Indian coronavirus mutation could spread faster than the British variant that was detected late last year in Kent, causing a very large spike in winter infections and in some parts of the country, such as Bolton and Blackburn in the US. Northwest England, already dominant.

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“Because this variant can spread faster than the Kent variant – we saw what happened to it in December – that means if it gets out of control we will have very, very large numbers of cases. Even with the protection afforded by the vaccine – this protection is high. Very, but not absolute – Matt Hancock said in an interview with Sky News on Sunday.

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The final decision will be made on June 14th

The minister confirmed that the third phase of easing restrictions related to the epidemic in England, scheduled for Monday, is in effect, despite the spread of the Indian boom, and the decision to move to the fourth phase will be made on June 14. However, he did not rule out additional local restrictions in places most affected by the Indian variant.

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The final decision (about lifting the restrictions) will be made on June 14th. He said: We’ve always said we want to do it carefully. New variants are one of the biggest threats to this opening. Due to its rapid transmission, it can spread like fire to vulnerable groups, so we need to vaccinate as many people as possible, especially those most at risk of hospitalization.

The fourth and final phase of the deregulation is scheduled to take place in England on June 21. However, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted Friday that the spread of the Indian boom was putting that date into question.

The British authorities said, Thursday, that 1,313 cases of the Indian type have been discovered in the country so far, which means that the number has increased six times in two weeks.

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