Delta variant cases jump 240% in one week in UK
he number of cases of the Delta variant of covid first detected in India has increased by 240 per cent in the UK in the last week.
This could put further pressure on the Government to delay the final easing of lockdown on June 21 – though the majority of cases appeared to be in unvaccinated people.
The Delta variant has caused 42 deaths – 23 in unvaccinated people, seven in people who have had one dose and 12 in people who have had two doses, though many of the latter group are believed to have had underlying health conditions.
However the mortality rate is only currently 0.1 per cent – well below the Kent variant – and only about 2.5 per cent of people with the variant need to go to A&E.
Part of the increase in case numbers is because faster “genotype” testing is being used, which delivers results within 48 hours rather than about a week for genome sequencing.
The latest figures, which cover the period to Wednesday, come after a 79 per cent increase in the …
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