Calls for Boris Johnson to cancel his visit as infectious Indian variant found in UK
LONDON: A highly infectious double mutant Covid-19 variant first detected in India has now been found in the UK, sparking calls for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to cancel his trip to India.
The B1617 variant was designated on Thursday a “variant under investigation” by Public Health England (PHE), meaning it has concerning epidemiological, immunological or pathogenic properties and requires investigation.
PHE said that up to April 14 it had identified 77 cases of the “Indian variant” in Britain — 73 in England and four in Scotland.
PHE said: “The variant, first detected in India, includes a number of mutations, including E484Q, L452R, and P681R. All appropriate public health interventions will be undertaken, including enhanced contact tracing. PHE and international partners continue to mon or the situation closely.”
L452R is responsible for several large outbreaks in California and E484Q is similar to a mutation seen in the South Africa and Brazil variants.
Together, E484Q and L452R, found together for the first time in India, are known to be more infectious, more transmissible and to evade antibodies. It is likely the India variant is at least in part driving the current exponential rise in cases in India — with more than 200,000 cases recorded on Wednesday.
The Kent (UK) variant (also known as B117) is currently the dominant variant in Britain and, alongside the South Africa and Brazil variants, it is designated a “variant of concern”.
All the variants are going to be everywhere. It won't need Boris to carry them back and forth. There are already enough travellers going back and forth.
Boring johnson should stick to his schedule. Fake Tagore is waiting to hug him and they will exchange their variants.
It is high time all Corona affected countries boycott all business with the creator of the Corona Vir s.
Is is wrong tobe called Indian variants. it should be Modi variant. Bhakts will feel proud to say that
Indian variant spread in kumb mela and the bhakt has made sure that it's spread throughout the world
In the coming days these two variants will show the world how powerful these variants are. These two variants are already in UK which lifted prolonged lockdown just a few days back. Now poor Boris will have to reimpose lockdown before his visit to India. By the way why don't we export these powerful variants to .
R Venkatesh Govind
Very good exchange of cultures, Indian Covid in UK and UK variant in India.
Meeting of two clowns should go on. We have seen enough of the circus and an additional meeting of the clowns does not affect either Indians of British.
our shameful PM will organise a howdy Johnson for him
Johnson has experienced Coronavir s first hand. For sake of your family especially baby. Stay safe and stay at home
All the world countries helplessly fight the disease Corna Vir s. Social Commercial activities defunct, education paralysed, individual incomes zero but the De l sitting in East is laughing for his 200% success
Boris shouldn't come as long as Modi variant is not eliminated
whatever but i am so annoyed and feel like kicking and products
All such visits should be cancelled by both sides- the Trump visit had opened the covid floodgates in India and now the proposed Johnson visit is sending down a chill of fear in our ses
Highly infectious indian variant is now spreading all over the world and Indian govt indirectly supporting it by not putting india under lockdown.
Why leaders traveling here n there.. Better stay in their country. If anything happens to them in host country, it will be permanent blot
Good that we sent some vir s to Britain as return give of colonization.
Yes!!!! do cancel the trip we are already having lot of issues with the UK variant!!! shameless Great British Swines!!
Yehi bacha tha.... All travels should be ban as of now.