It is estimated that more than 500 cases of B.1.617.2 have now been detected across the nation.
Just over a week ago there were only 202 official cases, showing the explosive potential for transmission of this virus strain.
Although the virus strain appears to be much more contagious, experts believe that it is not resistant to current vaccines.
It does not have the E.484K mutation that could help the virus avoid detection by the the human immune system and may also impact the efficacy of existing vaccines.
The Prime Minister’s roadmap out of lockdown envisages the return of non-essential foreign travel from May 17.
The Government is planning to introduce a traffic light system, which will determine the risk levels for foreign destinations, along with testing and quarantine requirements.
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