The India variant is spreading far quicker than its other counterparts, the Brazilian, South African and Kent variants.
England has reported 1,255 cases, the most by far, compared with 35 in Scotland, 11 in Wales and 12 in Northern Ireland.
Scientists are closely monitoring the situation, with their attention trained on vaccine efficacy.
Currently, the consensus points towards confidence, according to Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
Published at Mon, 17 May 2021 16:43:23 +0000