Hancock outlines UK plan to avoid ‘explosion’ in Indian variant cases amid roadmap fears

Matt Hancock discusses plan for increased cases

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock rejected suggestions from Sky News host Sophy Ridge that the Government could be forced to “row back” on its roadmap out of lockdown. Mr Hancock said Britons needed to be “cautious and vigilant” in order to avoid an “explosion in cases” of the Indian variant of the coronavirus. He admitted that the variant had become “the dominant strain in some parts of the country, including in Bolton and Blackburn”.

He said: “We can stay on course with our strategy of using the vaccine to deal with this pandemic and opening up carefully and cautiously.

“But we need to be vigilant to the spread of the disease.

“Because this variant can spread even faster than the Kent variant it means if it gets out of hand we will have very, very large number of cases.

“We do need to make sure we don’t get that explosion in cases. We need to be cautious, to be vigilant.”


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