Scientists who advise the government are to hold an emergency meeting today as there has been in a rapid rise in the UK of the deadly Indian variant.
Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown is now at serious threat as the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) are concerned over the rapid rise of the Indian variant spreading throughout the UK.
It is hoped that Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown to allow normality for Brits will be fully lifted on 21 June.
The Prime Minister said on Wednesday that the rise of the Indian variant is “of increasing concern here in the UK.”
Last week there was 520 cases of the new variant which has now increased to 1,723 confirmed cases, COG-UK scientists said.
Should Public Health England confirm the scientists findings then this will suggest that the Indian variant has tripled in just a week.
Professor James Naismith, Director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute warned that the Indian variant cannot be contained to “local restrictions” and the government must now “view it as a country-wide problem.”
This comes as the Environment Minister George Eustice said on Wednesday that “we can’t rule anything out” and suggested that there could be “localised restrictions.”
Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, Professor Naismith warned, “It will get everywhere, we keep learning this lesson, we know this will be the case.
“If it is fit, and we don’t know that to be the case, and if it spreads quickly, it will spread way beyond its local area.”
Ahead of the emergency meeting today, a member of Sage told The i newspaper, Johnson’s final step on 21 June could be pushed back and a “delay is possible.”
Covid patients in India are being diagnosed with Mucormycosis which is also known as a “black fungus” which has been found in people who have recovered.
There was almost 3,000 deaths on Monday and almost 370,000 cases were reported, but experts believe the real number is far higher.
Patients who have a weak immune system or diabetes are more likely to suffer with the aggressive black fungi.
Mucormycosis can lead to blackening of the nose, blurred or double vision, chest pain, breathing difficulties and or coughing blood.
Health officials have warned that the current mortality rate is “very high.” Khusrav Bajan, a member of the Mumbai’s Covid-19 taskforce.
Thousands of Brits have booked holidays abroad as restrictions on overseas travel and being allowed to take a foreign holiday resumes from Monday, which could also now be under threat.