Speaking at a press conference on Sunday he said: “I did speak with him (Director of Medical Services, Kenneth Mak) before coming to this press conference.
“He did mention it will appear the B1617 strain appears to affect children more.
“So you’ll notice that for schools the response has been different compared to say last year.
“So that is also a precaution that has been put in recently in view of the different behaviour of this strain of virus.”
Birmingham’s public health chief said there was emerging evidence to suggest the Indian variant posed a “significantly” greater threat to young adults than any previous variant, and the new variant could also be a greater threat to children.
Speaking at a council Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee at the end of April, he said: “There are certainly disturbing images and information coming from India at the moment that suggest that the variant is a significantly greater threat to younger adults than any previous variants, so we are taking it very seriously.
He added: “I do fear the Indian variant, like the Brazil variant, is a vary clear and present danger to our current roadmap, and therefore we have to take it very seriously.”
There are now 2,323 confirmed cases of the Indian variant in the UK.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons: “There are now 86 local authorities where there are five or more confirmed cases.”
But early data suggests the Covid vaccines still work against it.
A new study has shown the AstraZeneca vaccine to be 97 percent effective.
The Covid vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Modern appear to be effective against the Indian variant, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said last week.
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