Four people have died with the Covid Indian variant (Picture: Getty Images Europe)

Four people have died after catching the Indian variant of coronavirus, official figures have revealed.

It’s after data from Public Health England (PHE) published on Thursday showed a steep rise in cases associated with the strain, known as B16172, from 520 last week to 1,313.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the situation was being monitored carefully and the Government ‘will not hesitate to take further action if necessary’.

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