Published: Sat, June 19, 2021
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Delta variant infections doubling every 11 days in England, study finds

Delta variant infections doubling every 11 days in England, study finds

Officials believe that two-dose inoculations are effective against the Delta variant.

Public Health England now publishes the number of deaths among people who have tested positive for Delta within the past 28 days.

"The most recent data show 99 per cent of sequenced and genotyped cases across the country are the Delta variant".

According to the analysis, as of June 14, a total of 806 people have been hospitalised with the Delta variant, an increase of 423 since last week. 527 of these were unvaccinated, and only 84 of the 806 had received both doses.

It means the total number of fatalities recorded by the Department of Health remains at 2,155.

Speaking at the media briefing on COVID-19, Swaminathan said "We need more data, again from well designed studies on the efficacy of the different vaccines that are in use in different countries against the different variants".

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.

The total number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland since the start of the pandemic is 2,155.

The research revealed the Delta variant had driven a 50 per cent rise in infections in England since May and has been doubling every 11 days.

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. "I think that's certainly what the data continues to indicate".

This would lead to more hospitalisations and deaths, and risks straining the NHS, which is why it's vital that people take up their vaccine offer and continue to stick to the rules, he said.

PHE's weekly Covid-19 variant cases data show that numbers of the Delta variant in the United Kingdom have risen by 33,630 since last week to a total of 75,953.

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