The Indian Covid-19 virus variant the Delta variant seems to be 64% more contagious than the other variant Alpha (Kent). Even the vaccines prove to be less effective, said Public Health of England.
The Delta variant is apparent in over 90% of Covid-19 cases in the UK. The variant was firstly found in India, however, now it has become the most dominant variant in the UK, leaving behind Alpha.
An increase of cases of the Delta variant to 42,323 has happened across the UK.
According to the PHE research, the Delta variant is accompanied by a 64% increase of risk when compared to the Alpha variant which is 40% more contagious outdoors.
In the span of 4.5 days up to 11.5 days, the Delta cases are increasing all over the UK.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) stated that the general infection cases in the UK have increased to the highest they’ve been since the week up to April 10th.
The number of 85,600 households in the UK has increased to 96,800 now with the Covid-19 cases.
Additionally, the Covid-19 AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines seem to be less effective in regards to the Delta variant, says the PHE report.
Further, they stated how the second dose of vaccine would help to protect against the Delta variant as well.
“This would support maximising vaccine uptake with two doses among vulnerable groups.” said the PHE authors.
Since June 7th, 42 deaths have been confirmed in the UK due to the Delta variant, and they have died within 28 days after testing positive.
The government is pressured to postpone the ease of restrictions that ere estimated to happen on June 21st.
However, according to Labour’s shadow home secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds said: “These figures are terrible. The pace at which cases of the Delta variant continue to rise is deeply worrying and is putting the lifting of restrictions at risk.
“The blame for this lies with the prime Minister and his reckless refusal to act on Labour’s repeated warnings to secure our borders against COVID and its variants.”