Delta variant accounts for nearly all of UK's coronavirus cases: PHE

Delta variant accounts for nearly all of UK's coronavirus cases: PHE

As confirmed cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 continue to rise in Alberta, there are conflicting statements regarding how effective the first dose of vaccine is at protecting against severe outcomes of infection.

The data suggested cases were doubling every 11 days.

"Cases are rising rapidly across the country and the Delta variant is now dominant. Data show an increased risk of hospitalisation with Delta compared to Alpha, although PHE's analysis shows that two doses of vaccine gives a high degree of protection against hospitalisation, estimated to be more than 90 per cent", it said.

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

Britain reported another 11,007 coronavirus cases in the 24-hour period, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,600,623, according to official figures released Thursday.

The Delta VOC is seen as the main factor behind a feared third wave of the pandemic in the United Kingdom, with the government delaying lifting all lockdown restrictions by a month until July 19 to prevent hospitals being overwhelmed.

A restaurant worker cleans an outdoor seating area in Dublin

Experts have warned that coronavirus may continue to evolve for years to come, and eventually it is likely current vaccines will fail to protect against transmission, infection, or even against disease caused by newer variants.

Meanwhile there has been a 79% rise in one week in cases of the Delta variant first identified in India, Public Health England (PHE) has said.

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.

"So we're pressing ahead to try to make sure we have those remaining staff members offered the vaccine, taking up the vaccine, but if you can do it voluntarily then I think that is a much stronger basis from which to go on persuading people to do the right thing. Don't drop your guard - practise "hands, face, space, fresh air" at all times".

One patient had received two doses of an mRNA vaccine, while the other had not been immunized.

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