North East UK news Lockdown lifting rules 'may have to be reversed' due to Indian variant of Covid MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said restrictions may have to be reversed if the new variant 'escapes' protection afforded to people by vaccines

North East UK news Lockdown lifting rules 'may have to be reversed' due to Indian variant of Covid MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said restrictions may have to be reversed if the new variant 'escapes' protection afforded to people by vaccines

North East UK news  Lockdown lifting rules 'may have to be reversed' due to Indian variant of Covid MetiNews.Com
17 May 2021 - 07:53

Breaking News ! Lockdown lifting measures may have to be reversed because of the Indian variant of Covid, a public health expert has warned. Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said that restrictions may have to be reversed if the new variant "escapes" protection afforded to people by the Covid-19 vaccines. "The new variant that has come, the B.167, is becoming dominant in parts of the UK," he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. "Yet vaccination across the country has been extraordinarily successful. "I think we will see an increase of cases and infections over the coming weeks as some of the restrictions are lifted, but I think the key question is whether we have decoupled increased transmission and number of people who do get infected from the number of people that get ill and need to go into hospital or with long Covid. "If we've decoupled them, then I think the country can cope with a marginal degree of an increase in transmission. "So that is the key question and to be honest, we don’t know that today and that is why I think a very careful lifting is reasonable, but we may have to reverse that if there is escape from the vaccine." He added: "I just think we’re at this point where we’ve lifted restrictions, and yet we don’t have that full amount of information – I think it is reasonable to lift them today, but I do believe all of us need to be really, really careful." Sir Jeremy said that he would not meet indoors "at the moment".

." But he added: "I don’t think it's unreasonable to lift the restrictions – we do need to lift the restrictions at some point, we’ve been in restrictions now for a very long time." There is a risk that the variant first identified in India could be transmitted by people travelling out of the UK, Sir Jeremy said, reports Wales Online. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: "Britain is a very connected, and very small country and the chance of local cases becoming regional and then regional becoming national is very clear. "And it is also connected internationally and I think that’s also a concern not only for importation of new variants coming into the country, but also people travelling out of the country – there is a risk that this variant B.617 could be transmitted from the UK now. "I think travel should still be very cautious and only when absolutely essential. But the only way to stop these variants occurring is to drive down transmission." He further added: "The biggest risk to countries like the UK – who have done very well with vaccine rollout – is variants arising from anywhere in the world and then spreading around the world when they have a biological advantage. "So driving down transmission in this country is essential, but so is it in the rest of the world, and that means driving down transmission and making vaccines available globally." Read More Related Articles Newcastle revellers enjoy midnight pints as pubs reopen indoors as lockdown eases Read More Related Articles Boris Johnson calls for 'heavy dose of caution' as indoor socialising and physical contact resume

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North East UK news Lockdown lifting rules 'may have to be reversed' due to Indian variant of Covid MetiNews.Com


North East UK news Lockdown lifting rules 'may have to be reversed' due to Indian variant of Covid MetiNews.Com


North East UK news Lockdown lifting rules 'may have to be reversed' due to Indian variant of Covid MetiNews.Com


North East UK news Lockdown lifting rules 'may have to be reversed' due to Indian variant of Covid MetiNews.Com

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