CM – COVID-19: An Indian variant was reported 75 percent of the time in Stevenage


Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a press conference on the Indian variant of the coronavirus that is spreading in Stevenage today. He said she could disrupt the June 21 lockdown
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Coronavirus cases are still low in Stevenage and North Herts – with only 10 and seven cases per 100,000 people, respectively – but a significant proportion of those cases are now from the more communicable Indian variant.

Last week Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a press conference on the variant that could « disrupt » the June 21 lockdown.

However, during the Prime Minister’s questions yesterday, Boris Johnson said there was more now There is confidence that vaccines will work for all variants.

Nine cases of COVID-19 were reported in both Stevenage and North Herts in the week of May 9-15.

However, in neighboring central beds A whopping 93 cases of COVID-19 reported, with 32 people per 100,000 infected with the virus.

The Indian variant – B.1.617.2 – accounted for 75 percent of the cases in Stevenage in the week ending May 8 .

The variant is in North Herts vie l less common. 22.2 percent of the registered coronavirus cases were reported as the Indian variant of the virus.

Around 30 percent of the COVID cases from Central Beds are the B.1.617.2 strain. This is no surprise as neighboring Bedford, which has made national headlines in recent days for its staggering stats, recorded 81.1 percent of its cases as the Indian variant.

East Herts border agency points with 42.9 Percent for the week up to May 8th also shows a significantly higher rate of the variant.

The data come from the Wellcome Sanger Institute in London, which monitors the COVID-19 genome (variant).

The remaining 25 percent of coronavirus cases in Stevenage are strain B.1.1.7, also known as the UK or Kent variant. The cases of COVID-19 in North Herts and Central Beds are predominantly this strain, showing 77.8% and 69.4% respectively.

No other variants of the virus are registered in our region. However, neighboring Welwyn Hatfield has reported a percentage of the cases of the South African variant B.1.351 as well as the ‘A’ and ‘B’ strains linked to Wuhan.

In total, there were 6,065 cases in Stevenage as of May 19 of COVID-19, just a few among North Herts’ total of 6,417.

Since the pandemic began, Stevenage has recorded 168 coronavirus-related deaths, another 319 in North Herts and 658 in Central Beds, which ended by Jan. May.

Nearly 75,000 first-dose vaccinations were given in and around North Herts, of which over 45,375 were recorded in Stevenage. In Central Beds, 157,737 first dose vaccinations had been given by May 9th.

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