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Sedgemoor free of Indian variant of coronavirus – for now

THE Indian variant of Covid-19 has yet to reach Sedgemoor according to the latest date from Public Health England.

There have been up to five positive tests for the new strain in Somerset West and Taunton plus, Mendip, but none so far in Sedgemoor.

Across the South West at least 171 cases have been identified, making it the eight-worst affected of England’s nine regions.

The North West – where variant hotspots Bolton and Blackburn are located – continues to have the highest numbers identified.

A total of 12,431 cases of the Delta variant had been confirmed in the UK by June 2, up 79% from the previous week’s total of 6,959.

Of these, 10,797 (87%) were in England, 1,511 (12%) in Scotland, 97 in Wales and 26 in Northern Ireland.

A PHE risk assessment found that vaccines were less effective against the strain compared to the Kent mutation – or Alpha variant.

The findings also suggest people are more at risk of hospital admission if infected with the Delta variant, though PHE cautioned that “more data is needed to have more confidence in that finding”.

Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said: “With this variant now dominant across the UK, it remains vital that we all continue to exercise as much caution as possible.

“The way to tackle variants is to tackle the transmission of Covid-19 as a whole.

“Work from home where you can, and practice ‘hands, face, space, fresh air’ at all times.

“If you are eligible and have not already done so, please come forward to be vaccinated and make sure you get your second jab. It will save lives.”

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