Update next week on whether Indian Covid variant could affect lockdown roadmap

An update on infection rates of the Indian Covid variant will be shared next week, Downing Street has said.

No 10 has said it is ‘still too early’ to determine whether the strain will delay the plan to lift all coronavirus restrictions in England on June 21.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told reporters: ‘At the moment we are keeping a very close eye on the data.

‘There is still, similar to yesterday, not been any significant changes that currently suggest we need to change our course of action. We are monitoring that very carefully but it is still too early to make a definitive judgment.

‘We will monitor the data, crucially both on hospitalisation rates in these outbreak areas and the ongoing work on the transmissibility – both that work is ongoing, so we will aim to update next week.’

The spokesman also added there was no new data expected to be published on Thursday regarding the variant’s transmissibility or its impact on vaccines being rolled out in the UK.

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