The first-ever version found in India now accounts for more than 90% of new British COVID-19 cases.
The British health authorities say that the new Delta coronavirus version is 60% more transmissible to households than the previous predominant Alpha version, which forced the UK to close in January.
The Delta version, which first appeared in India, has sparked an increase in cases in Britain, raising questions about whether physical distance restrictions will be lifted as planned from June 21.
A new UK Public Health Survey on Friday “suggests that the Delta version is associated with an approximately 60 per cent increased risk of household transmission” compared to the Alpha version first found in the south-east of England.
So far, 42323 cases of the Delta version have been reported in the UK, up from 29,892 on June 2, according to the Public Health England. This variant currently accounts for more than 90% of new COVID-19 cases.
The alpha version caused a huge wave of COVID-19 cases in January before the mass vaccination campaign, which led to a three-month blockade as hospitals were stretched almost helplessly.
Since then, the government has increased the use of vaccines; now it has provided almost 41 million first doses, almost 29 million second doses to adults over 25 years of age.
This means that 43% of the total population is fully vaccinated and 18% – half vaccinated.
The cases are growing again. On Thursday, the daily number of new infections reached 7,393, which has not been observed since February. The government says more than 90 percent of new cases are in the Delta version.
However, the number of patients in hospitals remains low, at just over 1,000 on Thursday, նախարար Health Minister Matt Hancock says most of the patients are unvaccinated.
The government said it believed the vaccine program was mitigating the effects of the Delta version, urging the public to pass the two strikes.
Enny Harris, executive director of the UK Health and Safety Agency, said “both doses provide significantly more protection” than the Delta version.
The UK reported 127,867 deaths from the virus, the highest in Europe.
Under the government’s roadmap, England plans to scrap social media numbers, allow large weddings from June 21, and reopen nightclubs.
But officials have said they are ready to change the date if the virus situation changes, as many businesses are demanding full reopening.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris John Onson will announce on Monday whether the planned lifting of restrictions, which will end the restrictions on social networking, may be delayed.
“We have to be really careful. “On May 17, we had a very big opening where people could meet inside friends, in a restaurant, in a pub, ‘make friends inside,'” Nadim Za Ahavi, COVID-19 Minister for Vaccines, told Times Radio.
“And I think it is possible that this weekend we will look at the data very carefully and then share it with the nation.”