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Matt Hancock has said the Indian variant had made the decisions behind the June 21 unlocking “more difficult”.

Speaking on Sky News on Sunday, the health secretary confirmed that the new strain is 40 per cent more transmissible than the Kent variant.

The Indian variant, now the dominant strain in the UK, has been spreading fast in the north-east.On Saturday, official figures showed that Covid cases were up 70 per cent in a week.

Friday saw the highest number of new cases since March, with 6,238 transmissions recorded in 24 hours.

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