DEADLY mutant Covid variants from South African and Brazil are falling in the UK as vaccination efforts soar.
Matt Hancock this morning said there was evidence that the stricter measures – including contact tracing and stricter border measures – had slowed the spread of the new strains.
Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sunday, he said: “We’ve now got a much stronger vigilance in place, because everybody coming into the country has to be tested and we sequence the results of those tests.
“And we’ve also got a very strong set of actions working with the local authorities very specifically in the areas where a new variant is found.
“We hit it hard and send in enhanced contact-tracing and go door-to-door.
“We’ve now got this programme in place to be able to really, really try to stamp out a new variant where we see it. There is evidence that is working.”
He said: “I want to see the roll-out go further and faster in the coming weeks.
“We will now aim to offer a jab to every adult by the end of July, helping us protect the most vulnerable sooner, and take further steps to ease some of the restrictions in place.”
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