Source: Labour List UK
Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth has emphasised the need to fix testing and tracing after Matt Hancock announced that a “new variant” of coronavirus was identified in the UK and London is set to enter Tier 3.
Responding to a Covid update from the Health Secretary in parliament this afternoon, the Shadow Health Secretary asked the government to keep MPs updated on the new variant of the virus.
Hancock had used his parliamentary statement this afternoon to warn that a new variant is “growing faster than the existing variants” and “may be associated with faster spread in the South East of England”.
He said: “We’ve currently identified over a thousand cases of this variant, predominately in the South of England although cases have been identified in nearly 60 different areas and numbers are increasingly significantly.”
But Hancock told MPs that “the medical advice we have is that it is highly unlikely this new variant will impinge the vaccine” and there is no evidence so far that the new variant is likely to cause worse ill health than that already seen.