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Three-quarters of new UK Covid cases could be India variant, says Hancock

Reported cases of variant reach almost 7,000, as it becomes dominant in Britain * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage Up to three-quarters of new UK Covid cases are thought to be caused by the variant first detected in India, as the reported number more than doubled to almost 7,000, Matt Hancock said on Thursday. The variant, known as B.1.617.2, is now dominant in the UK and has been linked to a rise in cases in hotspots around the country. Data released on Thursday by Public Health England (PHE) shows 6,959 cases have been confirmed so far in the UK, up from 3,424 the week before. Continue reading...

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