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'Don't mix for two weeks' Professor warns of Indian variant contagion - 'Be very cautious'

Indian variant: Expert urges public to ‘be cautious’

Professor Adam Finn, who is a member of the JCVI, told BBC Breakfast viewers not to mix with others for at least the next two weeks. This comes amid growing concern of the spread of the Indian variant of COVID-19 as England, Scotland and Wales press ahead with relaxing restrictions.  On Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the B.1.617.2 Indian variant could pose "serious disruption" to the final stage of lockdown easing in England on 21 June. 

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Professor Finn told BBC Breakfast viewers not to mix with others for at least the next two weeks (Image: BBC BREAKFAST)

BBC Breakfast host Rachel Burden asked whether the easing of restrictions in most parts of the UK "worried" the medical expert.

Professor Finn responded: "It worries me a great deal. We may be dealing with a significantly more infectious virus.

"There is high level of uncertainty around that, it is certainly a possibility.

"When I return to the UK next week, I can tell you I will be keeping myself to myself and not mixing with other people and encouraging my friends to do likewise.

"People should be acting cautious. People should be very cautious about mixing in the next couple of weeks at least."

He said that this included acts like hugging or going into a friend's house for a cup of tea. 

Following the interview, Ms Burden said it was a "strong message" to viewers. 

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