This was double Bolton’s rate of 301.5 and almost double the previous highest rate for that age group – 318.1 on November 6.
“The emerging evidence is certainly suggesting strongly that the Indian variant of the virus poses a far greater risk to children than any of the previous strains,” Hussain Abdeh, Clinical Director and Superintendent Pharmacist of Medicine Direct, told Express Health.
He added: “The Indian variant is by far the most contagious strain of COVID we have seen in the UK to date.”
He continued: “Last year, children were among the largest carrier groups for the virus, but this posed a greater threat to the adults they came into contact with.
“If the Indian variant takes a firm hold in the UK, it could be disastrous to have more than 20 children from different households in the same room as each other.
“All it would take would be for one person to develop symptoms and it could pose a serious health risk to an entire school.”
Singapore’s Health Minister One Ye Kung said the decision was made because the B1617 strain (the Indian variant) appeared to affect children more.
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 once we detect infection, but outside of school, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has been very fast actually to put the school on home-based learning for the next few days and test the entire school.
“So that is also a precaution that has been put in recently in view of the different behaviour of this strain of virus.”
But UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Wednesday the Covid vaccines are effective against this strain of the virus, including the Indian variant.
A recent study showed the AstraZeneca vaccine to be 97 percent effective against the Indian variant.
Research published by the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi, involved nearly 3,300 people in India and discovered only two hospitalisations with Covid.
The participants were vaccinated with the AstraZeneca jab and they worked in healthcare.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) also said last week the Covid vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Modern appear to be effective against the Indian variant.
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