COVID Delta variant causes 75,000 cases in UK

COVID delta variant has cause more than 75,000 cases in the UK.

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COVID delta variant has cause more than 75,000 cases in the UK.

The variant, as per the new study, now accounts for 99% of the infection in the country. According to the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), the latest R number for England is between 1.2 and 1.4, with the number of new Covid infections growing by 3% to 6% a day – in the north-west the growth is even higher at 5% to 8% a day. The group cautions that lags in data mean the figures represent the spread of Covid about two to three weeks ago.

The Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2 and is very dangerous. Its spread rate is high as compared to other variants. Moreover, another factor that has caused the rise in the number is the early easing of the restrictions. The UK administration planned to lift the restriction at the start of June however, it was then delayed to June 21, considering the advice of experts. 

The latest figures from Public Health England (PHE) reveal cases of the variant have risen by 33,630 since last week. The report also displays the case numbers caused by other variants. The efficiency of a vaccine against delta variant was quite less as compared to the other variants. The findings are important, not least because data suggests the Delta variant may be associated with a greater risk of hospitalization.

According to PHE data based on whole-genome sequencing and a more rapid approach known as genotyping, 99% of Covid cases in the UK involved the Delta variant.