Paul Hunter, a professor in medicine at the University of East Anglia, told The Guardian: “There is no evidence that the recent rapid rise in cases of the B.1.617.2 variant shows any signs in slowing.
“This variant will overtake [the Kent variant] and become the dominant variant in the UK in the next few days, if it hasn’t already done so.”
Mr Hancock confirmed that the Indian variant was already the dominant strain in Bolton, Blackburn and Darwen.
Experts are still unsure the extent to which B.1.617.2 is more transmissible than previous strains of the Covid virus.
The UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, told reporters: “That’s a really critical question to which we do not yet have the answer.”
However, the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) believes that it could spread 50 percent faster.
A Downing Street spokesman cautioned: “The variant first identified in India could pose serious disruption to this progress, and could make it more difficult to move to step 4.
“Our decision will be based on the very latest data, and we want to allow as much time as possible to assess this so we will set out plans as soon as the data allows.”
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