The British government said on Friday that the new Delta coronavirus variant is 60 per cent more transmissible to households than the variant that forced the UK to block in January.
The Delta variant, which first emerged in India, has led to an increase in cases in Britain, prompting questions about whether restrictions on social distancing will be removed as planned from 21 June. .
A new Public Health England study “suggests that the Delta variant is associated with an approximately 60% increase in the risk of domestic transmission” compared to the Alpha variant first identified in the south-east of England.
To date, there have been 42,323 identified cases of the Delta variant in the UK, according to Public Health England data, up from 29,892 on 2 June.
The Alpha variant caused an increase in COVID cases in January ahead of a massive vaccine campaign, which led to a three-month closure as hospitals were at their capacity.
He government since then it has increased its vaccine boost and has now administered nearly 41 million first doses and nearly 29 million second doses to adults over 25 years of age.
That means 43 percent of the total population they are fully vaccinated and 18% are half vaccinated.
But cases are rising again, with new daily infections reaching 7,393 on Thursday, a level not seen since February.
More than 90 percent of the news cases they were of the Delta variant, the government said.
However, the number of hospitalized patients remains low, at just over 1,000 on Thursday, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said most of the patients admitted are people who are not vaccinated.
The government said this suggested that the vaccination program mitigate the impact of the Delta variant, and urged the public to get both blows.
Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Safety Agency, said “two doses provide more significant protection” against the Delta variant than one.
The UK has reported 127,867 deaths from the virus, the highest number in Europe.
According to the government’s roadmap, England plans to withdraw the rules on figures at social gatherings and allow major weddings and the reopening of nightclubs from 21 June.
But officials have stressed that they are open to changing that date if the virus situation changes, with a decision to come next week as many companies push for full reopening.
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