Dr Clarke continued to tell The Guardian: “Any variants which carry E484K should be subject to surge testing as it seems to confer resistance to immunity.”
Public Health England said: “PHE is monitoring data about emerging variants very closely and where necessary public health interventions are being undertaken, such as extra testing and enhanced contact tracing.
“There is currently no evidence that this set of mutations causes more severe illness or increased transmissibility.”
On Friday, February 26, speaking at a Downing Street briefing, health secretary Matt Hancock commented on the UK’s current reality in terms of the pandemic.
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