Britain has deployed public health officials, backed by the military, to distribute door-to-door coronavirus tests in two cities in the north of England to diversify the rapidly expanding content that threatens plans to remove all closure restrictions next month.
Cases of first-hand complications in India have more than doubled a week, opposing the country’s sharp trend in diseases diagnosed over months and a rapid vaccination campaign.
The government’s Scientific Group for Emergency Emergency (SAGE) says the discrepancies found in India, officially known as B.1.617.2, could reach 50% more than the one recorded in southeastern England last year which is now a UK problem. But they say there is a high level of uncertainty about the exact number.
“Once the virus is easily transmitted, we may be facing difficult decisions,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday. “I have to weigh in with you that this could seriously affect our progress.”
He said the next phase of mitigation measures would take place as planned on Monday, but warned that alternatives could delay plans to remove all restrictions, including social media and face-to-face rules, on June 21.
More than three-quarters of British adults received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, with 37% having two doses.
The government narrows the gap between the doses of more than 50 people from 12 to eight weeks to give them more protection.
Meanwhile, the German health agency has re-imposed Britain as a “coronavirus” at risk due to concerns about the diverse distribution found in India, but travelers will still be able to avoid solitary confinement under revised laws.