New Covid variant increasing rapidly in UK is a 'big worry' – professor

According to professor Hunter, the number of cases is increasing quite rapidly from week to week and that is a “big worry”.

Although working out its exact transmissibility is not straightforward, the variant is somewhere between 40 or 50 percent more transmissible than the Kent strain, he said.

The situation is concerning but cases are increasing from a lower place due to gains the country has made, prof Hunter pointed out.

What’s more, restrictions may continue to be eased if “hospitalisation rates remain flat” despite the rise in cases, he said.

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