More than 50 confirmed cases of the Indian Covid variant have been found throughout Essex, the latest data has revealed.
The total number of cases of the Indian variant, now known as the Delta variant, is now being recorded in each local authority in the UK.
The variant is believed to be even more transmissible than the Kent variant, or Alpha, which saw a spike in the number of infections over the winter months.
And there are fears that the spread of the variant could cause a delay in the final stage of lifting lockdown restrictions on June 21.
This is because it is feared that the first dose of vaccines may not be as effective against the Delta variant and that the strain may increase the risk of being hospitalised from coronavirus.
The Delta variant has spread rapidly through the community, with households throughout the country recording several cases of the mutated virus.
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In England, there have been 10,797 reported cases of the Indian Covid Variant, with more than 50 of those that were detected in Essex.
The vast majority of the cases found in the county were attributed to Essex’s county city, Chelmsford, with 27 households recording cases of the variant.
Within the data, it has not been possible to link a small number of cases to some local authorities. This means that there may be a discrepancy between the total numbers of cases in the Essex breakdown and the national total.
The data shows the number of confirmed cases of each Covid-19 variant up to June 2.
A confirmed COVID-19 case is defined as an individual who is confirmed to be infected with SARS-CoV-2, or the Delta/Indian variant, by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
Here is the breakdown of the total number of the Indian variant found in each Essex area
Basildon – 9
Brentwood – 5
Chelmsford – 27
Colchester – <5
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Epping Forest – 5
Harlow – <5
Maldon – <5
Southend – <5
Thurrock – <5
Uttlesford – 8