British Prime Minister Boris Johnson this Friday reiterated his concern about the Indian variant of SARS-CoV-2 and asked citizens to “think twice” before starting a trip.
At a press conference, Johnson insisted that the variant posed “additional risk” and “a disruption in progress” to the epidemiological situation due to the pandemic in the UK.
However, according to Sky News, the British “prime minister” has announced that the European country will continue its de-escalation plan, which will advance a phase this Monday, although the variant may influence any decision on easing measures the government may take in June .
When asked when restrictions would be put in place if variants of the coronavirus of interest put pressure on UK hospitals, Johnson, who has insisted that citizens be vaccinated when given the opportunity, has indicated that they are imposed when the country’s health system begins to “overflow”.
On Thursday, Johnson assured that the government was “not ruling anything out” given the proliferation of the Indian variant, which is causing “concern” among British authorities. British scientists also pointed out that the variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is being “carefully” monitored in the UK, amid concerns about its possible spread in the European country.
During the day, the UK Ministry of Health confirmed 2,193 new infections with COVID-19 and 17 more deaths, bringing the total to 4,446,824 and 127,668 respectively.
According to the UK health authorities, more than 36.1 million people have already received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the country – 68.6 percent of the population – while more than 19.3 million have received the full samples – 36, 7 percent of the population.