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Breaking News ! Health Secretary, Matt Hancock has said restrictive measures - such as local lockdowns - are not being ruled out. Mr Hancock said he has vowed "the Government will do what is necessary to protect people" amid concerns over the spread of the Indian coronavirus variant. Six people have been hospitalised with Covid symptoms after contracting the Indian variant of the disease - despite having had a vaccine. Mr Hancock said the Indian variant is “relatively widespread” but in low numbers currently in most of the country. He told The Andrew Marr Show on the BBC: “We do think it is relatively widespread in small numbers.” Read More Related Articles Indian variant: Does the Covid vaccine stop it? How many cases are there in the UK? And what is being done to stop the spread? Read More Related Articles UK lockdown update: May 17 rules in full as Boris Johnson's lockdown roadmap continues Matt Hancock said it is “quite likely” the Indian variant of Covid-19 will become the dominant variant in the UK. The Health Secretary said the “vast majority” of people in Bolton who are in hospital with the new variant had been eligible for the Covid vaccine but have not taken it. He said five people who have had a single jab have been taken to hospital with the Indian variant in Bolton, while one patient has received both doses.
. Asked if anyone has died with the Indian variant after receiving two jabs, Mr Hancock said: “Not that we’re aware of.” He signalled the Government is prepared to implement a local lockdown in Bolton if one is deemed necessary. Asked on Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme about the prospect of specific areas having different restrictions compared to the rest of the country to deal with the risk posed by Covid-19 variants, Mr Hancock said: “We do not rule that out.” He said the approach being taken in Bolton and Blackburn “is to absolutely pile-in testing and vaccinations to try to get on top of this”.
Mr Hancock added: “We’ve put in a huge amount of testing, we’ve reinforced that with Army personnel as well, and we’re expanding the vaccination programme – especially for those second jabs which are the best protection against ending up in hospital.” On the prospect of further action, he said: “At the moment we’re taking the approach that worked in south London – which is this massive surge testing – but of course we don’t rule out further action. “Given though Bolton has been in some form of kind of a lockdown for a year, it’s not a step we want to take but of course we might have to take it and we will if it’s necessary to protect people.”