Gangrene and diarrhoea 'could be new symptoms' of Indian Covid variant

Blood clots leading to gangrene could be among a raft of new symptoms linked to the highly contagious Indian coronavirus variant.

Some of those who tested positive in India have also reported experiencing hearing loss, vomiting, loss of appetite and joint pain.

The Indian (Delta) variant is the dominant strain in the UK after cases rose to their highest level in three months.

A Mumbai cardiologist told Bloomberg that the number of patients he’s treated with micro thrombi – or small blood clots – has soared.

Ganesh Manudhane said: ‘I saw three to four cases the whole of last year, and now it’s one patient a week.’

He is now collecting data for a study on why some people develop clots while others don’t.

Infectious disease physician Abdul Ghafur of Apollo Hospital in Chennai said: ‘We need more scientific research to analyse if these newer clinical presentations are linked to B.1.617 or not.

‘Last year, we thought we had learned about our new enemy, but it changed.

‘This virus has become so, so unpredictable.’

New figures on Monday emerged suggesting that having both jabs was a strong defence against the Delta strain.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said just three people out of 126 admitted to hospital with the variant were fully-vaccinated.

There were 5,683 new cases in the 24 hours to Monday and just one death. A further 387,286 jabs were administered over the same period.

But the sudden rise in cases has thrown doubt on whether the planned end of lockdown on June 21 will go ahead.

It comes as millions of people across England have been encouraged to minimise travel and meet outdoors rather than indoors where possible, amid fears around the spread of the new strain.

Blackburn, Leicester and Hounslow in London are among the areas which are seeing the new recommendations, increased testing and a boost to the vaccination rollout.

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