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Q+A: Indian coronavirus variant – what is it and what effect will it have?

By Grace C Roberts, Research Fellow in Virology, Queen's University Belfast
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British prime minister Boris Johnson has cancelled his trip to India, with the country being added to the UK’s “red list” of restricted destinations. COVID-19 cases in India are rising sharply and a specific variant of the virus – B1617 – is becoming increasingly common there.

B1617 has also been found outside of India, including in the UK. Cases in Britain appear to be doubling each week:…

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