Older people vaccinated against Covid-19 are not the ones winding up in hospital after catching the Indian variant of the virus, with younger people bearing the brunt of new cases, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

Speaking to the House of Commons on Monday, Hancock said the UK has detected a total of 2,323 cases of the Indian strain, which may be more transmissible than the original form of coronavirus.

Some 483 cases of the ‘B.1.617.2’ variant have been reported in the North West areas of Bolton and Blackburn with Darwen, where the variant is now the dominant Covid-19 strain and cases are rising in all age groups, Hancock said.

“In Blackburn, hospitalisations are stable with eight people currently in hospital with Covid, and in Bolton 19 people are now in hospital with coronavirus – the majority of whom are eligible for a vaccine but haven’t yet had a vaccine,” he said. (RT)