Health Secretary Matt Hancock has explained the government “is worried about the rise of the Indian variant” and “are watching it very, very carefully.”
Hancock has said that the government are putting into motion enhanced contact tracing. This will allow those who test positive for the variant to receive extra support in a bid to contain the virus as quickly as possible.
When asked if regional lockdowns could happen, he said: “We rule nothing out. We’ve all seen last year what might be necessary.”
“At the moment our goal is to tackle this through making sure everybody who tests positive gets that enhanced contact tracking and of course the vaccine programme is giving a high level of protection right across the board.”
The prime minister’s official spokesman said the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) is meeting later and would provide further updates on the variant first identified in India.