The Indian variant of the Coronavirus has already been found across England, including nursing homes. The news is advanced before Watchman, Who writes that the British authorities fear the speed at which these transmission chains are growing. Among the elderly, there are cases of elderly people who, despite having already taken two doses of the vaccine against Covid, became infected and had to be hospitalized. However, They did not suffer from serious illness and there were no fatalities.
The newspaper had access to emails exchanged between health authorities showing that there are three variants under analysis (B16171, B16172 and B16173), which are related and originated in India, which may contain mutations that help the virus escape from the body’s immune responses. On the other hand, they can also make SARS-CoV-2 more transmissible due to mutations in the protein Mounting.
Also according to the British newspaper, the documents reveal that the alternative B16172 contains a “high” assessment of the risks to public health.
According to public health England government documents, 48 transmission chains from the B16172 Indian variant were found There is already evidence of community transmission. In London, the transmission chain is concentrated in nursing homes.
Of the many B16172 cases that were discovered, 15 infections occurred in a large London residence where elderly people had already received the second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, in the week prior to the outbreak. Four of the injured were hospitalized, although no symptoms of serious illness appeared, and no deaths were recorded.
The Guardian, an epidemiologist at Queen Mary University of London, Dipti Gordasani, reported that the variable is “increasing very rapidly” and that with “the current doubling rate, it could easily become prevalent in London in late May. Or early June.”