A small number of cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus have been detected in Wiltshire but are "fully contained," officials say.

It has been confirmed that a “very small number of cases” of the so-called Indian variant (B16172) of Covid-19 have been detected in Wiltshire.

Kate Blackburn, the public health director for Wiltshire said express details could not be given but confirmed that the virus was picked as a result of international travel and was not transmitted within the community.

Director of public health in Wiltshire, Kate Blackburn

Director of public health in Wiltshire, Kate Blackburn

She said: “That’s why engaging with test and trace is so vital to take all the right precautions so that virus is contained and doesn’t go out to the wider community.”

Mrs Blackburn added that while the cases were still active in the county they were fully contained.

In the last seven days, 74 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Wiltshire – a slight rise from the previous week when the same figure was 68.

This means that the seven-day case rate per 100,000 is 14.8 where the national figure is 23.

No further coronavirus deaths were recorded this week, the health boss confirmed. Up to April 30, 843 people in Wiltshire have died as a result of the virus.