UK conducts COVID-19 test at Leicester school after three Indian variants are found

British health officials are conducting further tests at school after three new Indian variants of the CCP virus have been found in Leicester.

Professor Ivan Browne, director of public health in Leicester, Said On Wednesday, Public Health England (PHE) was notified of three cases of a variant known as VUI-21-APR-01, which was first identified in India.

All cases were related to travel from India before the British government banned travel from India on April 23.

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Healthcare professionals remain vigilant as passengers arriving from London to Mumbai on December 22, 2020 leave Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. (Punit Paranjpe / AFP via Getty Images)

Brown said: “We work closely with PHE to identify all close contact with affected people and advise them to self-quarantine for 10 days. As a precautionary measure, a targeted test in municipal schools. Is being done. “

He states: “Currently, there is no evidence that this mutation causes an increased risk of more serious illness or death. The advice to everyone remains the same. The best way to prevent the spread of the virus is to wash and disinfect your hands. Cover your face in a public place, stay away from non-residents, and keep restrictions. “

However, according to the World Health Organization, there are two mutations in this variant, E484Q and L452R, which are found in other mutants around the world and are thought to contribute to increased infectivity and resistance to vaccines. I will.

This variant, also known as B.1.617, was first seen in two Indian states at the end of 2020, and since then the proportion of COVID-19 cases has increased in the country.

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Healthcare professionals will register passengers to collect samples for virus testing at Yesvandpur Station in Bangalore, India on April 5, 2021. (Manjunath Kiran / AFP via Getty Images)

According to the latest government statistics released on April 22, 132 Indian variants have been found in the United Kingdom.

Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson canceled his planned trip to India due to concerns over the ongoing CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus surge in India.

The UK Travel Ban, which came into effect on April 23, does not allow residents of the UK, Ireland, or non-British citizens to enter the UK if they have stayed in India for the past 10 days.

British and Irish residents and British citizens who stayed in India for 10 days prior to arrival are required to stay in the hotel quarantine for 10 days.