However, chief executive of NHS Providers Chris Hopson said the number of people in hospital with the variant has not increased “very significantly”.
He also said that many of those currently in hospital in Bolton – which has the highest number of Indian variant cases – were younger than in previous waves.
“The people who came in this time round were actually a lot younger and were a lot less at risk of very serious complication, less at risk of death, and what that means is that they were less demand on critical care,” he explained.
He continued: “What we think we can start to say now, based on that experience, is that it does look as though the vaccines have broken the chain between catching Covid-19 and potentially being very, very seriously ill and potentially dying.
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