BORIS JOHNSON “will not hesitate to act” if the new “Delta plus” variant spreading across Britain leads to a new surge in hospitalisations and deaths.
It means in total 14,385 cases of Delta Plus have been detected to date in the country. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “It’s something we’re keeping a very close eye on. “There’s no evidence to suggest that this variant, the AY4.2 one, is more easily spread.
“There’s no evidence for that but as you would expect we’re monitoring it closely and won’t hesitate to take action if necessary.”
Any mutation which is found to be less susceptible to the jabs that have been administered to millions of Britons would risk undermining the UK’s road to recovery from the pandemic. Scientists fear the new strain is 10 to 15 percent more transmissible than the original Delta mutation.
The findings are only from preliminary analysis with research into the new variant ongoing. A Government source admitted little is known about the variant so far, with ministers hoping it will not turn into a wider problem.