60% more contagious than previously dominated in the UK is the new Delta variant strain coronavirus, which is now dominant in Britain, according to a study, the results of which were made public today, three days before the announcement of the government’s decision to lift the latest restrictions.
The British Minister of Health Matt Hancock had recently stated that the Delta, the variant strain first identified in India, is 40% more contagious.
Coronavirus: Delta in 90% of new cases
According to a study by the Public Health England, 42,323 cases (compared to 29,892 a week ago) of this strain have been identified in Britain, where the Delta represents more than 90% of the new cases recorded.
According to AMPE, the British health authority, however, found it “encouraging” to note that this increase is not accompanied by an increase in hospitalizations at the same rates. About a thousand patients infected with the new coronavirus are currently in British hospitals.
“Evidence shows that the vaccination program continues to mitigate the impact of this variant strain” on populations in which the number of people receiving two doses of COVID-19 vaccine is high, the UK health service said.
“Although vaccination, our best defense reduces the risk of serious illness, it does not eliminate it,” said Jenny Harris, director general of the British Health Insurance Agency.
Britain, the most affected country in Europe with almost 128,000 deaths from COVID-19, is conducting a mass vaccination campaign, which has allowed both doses of the new coronavirus vaccine to be given to more than 77% of its adults in six months.
After a prolonged lockdown in the winter, the government gradually lifted the restrictions, but the lifting of the latest measures, originally scheduled for June 21, is threatened by the recent increase in new coronavirus cases, which exceeds 6,000 or even 7,000 new cases daily.
According to The Times, the government of Boris Johnson is now considering postponing this date by four weeks. The announcement of her decision is expected on Monday.