LONDON (Reuters) – New strains of the corona virus are already feared in the UK despite a travel ban imposed by affected countries, an epidemiologist has warned.
Professor John Edmunds, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage), said that if the other of the two new variants from Brazil did not already exist, it would not be known. It will feel “extraordinary”.
The first variable has a very small number of mutations and eight genetically confirmed cases of this variable have been identified in the UK. The second, found in travelers to Manaus and Japan, has not yet been found in the UK.
The government on Thursday banned flights from South America, Portugal and Cape Verde in response to the emergence of a new variant, previously banned from South Africa due to a new coveted tension. Was done. In addition, all quarantine-free travel to the UK will be suspended on Monday to maintain other conditions.
The new policy means that people arriving from each destination will have to be isolated for 10 days, or receive a negative result from a corona virus test at least five days after entering the UK. Professor Edmunds told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “In the case of the South African country, we have already imported the goods as long as we have imposed additional restrictions on South African travelers.
“For one Brazilian; I don’t think there is any evidence that we have imported cases of Manaus tensions, as far as I am aware, at least, but it is possible that we may be quite honest.
“We are one of the most connected countries in the world, so if I had not imported some goods into the UK, I would have found it unusual.”
Labor accused the government of “closing the door after the horse was trapped”, saying it was too late to stop the announcement of “disturbing” tensions. Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds told ministers to “make a comprehensive plan and work in an appropriate, strategic way, not in the short-term chaos we have seen in the last twelve months.”
But Aviation Minister Robert Courts insisted the new operation was “tightening strict requirements.” Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, said there would be many variants of the new corona virus this year, but existing vaccines should avoid the strain circulating in the UK.
He said new forms would be identified soon, and stressed: “If we really need to get new vaccines, we will really be able to get them up.” That’s double the number last week. More than 3.2 million people in the UK have now received the first dose of the Code-19 vaccine.
The government has set a target of vaccinating 15 million of Britain’s most vulnerable people by mid-February. But Professor Edmunds warned on the occasion that lifting the ban on corona virus would be a “catastrophe” that would put “huge pressure” on the NHS.
He said: “I think it would be a disaster if we could go through this first wave of vaccinations and lift the sanctions by the end of February.
“First of all, vaccines are never 100 percent safe, and even then, the vaccines that have been given are still some of the risks.”
“Secondly, this is a small part of the population that would have been vaccinated and if you look at the hospital admissions at the moment, half of them are in their 70s, and not in the first wave. They will be vaccinated.
If we relax our sanctions, we will immediately put a lot of pressure on the NHS again.