The B1617 (Indian) variant does appear to be more transmissible than earlier variants, at least anecdotally from what is happening in Singapore. For context, we have largely contained the virus previously, with pretty low community cases per day (in the range of 0-3 or 4) for months. Over the last couple of weeks, the number of cases here have increased quite sharply, with two major clusters, one in a hospital and one in the airport. The B1617 appears to be the culprit in both clusters. This uptick in number of cases is despite our vaccination drive making pretty good progress over the past months. Several of the cases were fully vaccinated, as both the hospital and airport are considered frontlines and most employees there are fully vaccinated.