Two new mutant strains of coronavirus have been found in the UK.
The tribes were first identified in India, where the death toll rose to over 200,000 in a devastating second wave.
The two new variants are B.1.617.2 – with 202 associated cases – and B.1.617.3 with currently only five known cases in the country.
The government is currently investigating the new strains of the virus.
Boris Johnson’s government is currently investigating a total of 13 strains.
The first cases of the original Indian variant B.1.617 of Covid-19 were first discovered yesterday in the Midlands – in Leicester.
Three confirmed cases of the mutated form of the virus have been identified.
Additional tests are currently being carried out at a school in the city.
There is currently no need for community surge or mass testing as all cases are travel related.
The development takes place in the midst of harrowing scenes in India.
India’s coronavirus death toll now tops 200,000 as a devastating spate of new infections hits cities and rural areas alike, and health systems on the verge of collapse.
The Ministry of Health reported a daily record of 3,293 Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing India’s total death toll to 201,187 as the world’s second most populous country experiences its darkest chapter of the pandemic to date.