Coronavirus UK news latest – Covid vaccine ‘unlikely to protect from new variants’ warn SAGE advisers amid rising cases

INDIAN variant cases have now risen by 2,111 in the space of a week to 3,424 – as Britain accelerates its jab roll out in a race against the clock.

Cases are still largely affecting the North West of England – particularly Bolton – but clusters of cases are now being seen across the country, with infections having now risen from 2,323 on Monday, to 2,967.

It comes as experts warned Britain may be heading for a third Covid wave because home quarantines “are not working” as cases of the Indian variant continue to rise.

Professor Andrew Hayward, an infectious disease expert and Sage member, told BBC Breakfast yesterday how he remains “very concerned” about the spread of the B1.617.2 variant.

Asked if the UK is at the start of a third wave of Covid infections, he replied: “I think so.”

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