Coronavirus: The Delta variant scares Britain

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THE Coronavirus Delta variant, which jeopardizes the lifting of the latest restrictive measures in Britain, is transmitted by 40% more than the Alpha variant, which so far dominates the United Kingdom, said today in an interview with the BBC the Minister of Health Matt Hancock.

Citing the work of the scientific committee advising the government, he added, however, that protection against the Delta variant is as good as two doses of one of the coronavirus vaccines.

According to Hancock, this variant, first identified in India, poses a public health challenge and the government is “open” to delaying the full lifting of the measures scheduled for June 21, if deemed necessary.

According to some British newspapers, the government is considering postponing the opening date two weeks later with the decision expected to be announced on June 14.

Asked if protection measures such as mask use and teleworking would be maintained in the long run, the minister replied “we cannot rule it out”.

Despite the increase in the number of new cases of coronavirus in recent days, the number of covid patients remains stable and, as Hancock assured, the majority of patients are unvaccinated patients.

Britain, Europe’s worst-hit country with the pandemic, with nearly 128,000 dead, has vaccinated more than 40 million people with at least the first dose, while more than 27 million have received the second dose.

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