Britain labels coronavirus “variant of concern” linked to travel from India – Reuters UK

British health officials on Friday identified a coronavirus version first found in India a “variant of concern” due to evidence it spreads out more easily, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson stating the circumstance required careful handling.Public Health England designated variant B. 1.617.2, one of three variations identified in India that has spread to Britain, a variant of issue.”PHE mentioned evidence that it spreads out more rapidly than the initial version of the infection and could spread as rapidly as the so-called “Kent” variation which fuelled Englands 2nd wave of infections.The public health body stated other attributes of the B. 1.617.2 variant were still being investigated.”There is presently inadequate evidence to suggest that any of the variations recently discovered in India cause more extreme illness or render the vaccines presently deployed any less efficient,” PHE stated in a statement.The initial India version, B. 1.617, was very first discovered in October, but PHE has categorised 3 various subtypes, all with somewhat different anomalies.