Indian variant cases rise almost 80pc in a week in UK

Katie Ramirez
June 19, 2021

Also speaking on Thursday the HSE's chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry said 189 cases of the Delta variant have been identified in the Republic of Ireland.

New data published this week by the PHE showed the AstraZeneca vaccine is 92 percent effective against hospitalization from the Delta variant after two doses, and the Pfizer vaccine is 96 percent effective against hospitalisation after two doses.

This, it notes, is consistent with Public Health England (PHE) data reporting that the variant accounts for 90 per cent of infections.

Since February, the link between infections, hospitalisations and deaths has weakened in people aged 65 and above, while there has been a recent reversal of these trends for those under 65, which likely reflects lower vaccination rates in this group. Officials estimate that the Delta variant, which they believe is more transmissible than the Alpha strain first identified in the United Kingdom, accounts for more than 90 per cent of recent new cases.

Cases are now rising, but thanks to our incredible vaccination programme and enhanced response package including surge testing, we have the tools to curb the spread of this virus. "Don't drop your guard - practise "hands, face, space, fresh air" at all times".

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There were 15,893 possible reinfections with SARS-CoV-2 identified up to May 30 in England throughout the pandemic, out of almost 4 million people with confirmed infections.

According to British health officials, the Delta coronavirus variant also known as B.1.617.2 has risen exponentially with over 33,000 cases reported cases last week.

"I certainly think that they ought to, that's definitely our position here, but there is a very big step taken when you move into compulsion".

However, deaths tend to happen some weeks after infections and the majority of cases were confirmed less than 28 days ago.

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