UK reports over 35,000 cases of Delta-variant Covid-19 in one week
Britain reported 35,204 new cases of the Delta variant coronavirus first identified in India last week, marking a 46% increase, Public Health England (PHE) said on Friday.
The total number of confirmed cases of the variant now stands at 111,157, according to the PHE.
The Delta variant now includes 95% of all sequenced cases, the PHE added. Last week it accounted for 99% of new COVID-19 cases in Britain.
Meanwhile, the PHE said current vaccines continue to have a “crucial effect on hospital admissions and deaths,” adding that there is currently no evidence that this new variant causes disease. more serious or make vaccines less effective.
A total of 117 people have died in England with the Delta variant, eight of whom were people under the age of 50, according to the PHE.
Six of those eight were unvaccinated, while two died after more than 21 days after receiving a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said that although the data suggests that “we have started to sever the link between cases and hospitalizations”, she warned against complacency .
She urged Britons to get vaccinated and reserve their second vaccine as soon as possible. “While vaccines offer great protection, they don’t offer total protection, so it’s still as important that we continue to exercise caution,” she said. “Protect yourself and those around you by working from home whenever possible and practicing ‘hands, face, space, fresh air’ at all times.”
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