How concerned should we be about the Delta variant of COVID-19?

How concerned should we be about the Delta variant of COVID-19?

The latest statistics have led experts to conclude that Delta is now closing in to overtake Alpha - the VOC first detected in the Kent region of England.

After a single dose of the Pfizer jab, 79% of people had a quantifiable neutralising antibody response against the original strain, but this fell to 50% for the Alpha variant and 32% for the Delta variant.

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Emma Wall, UCLH Infectious Diseases consultant and senior clinical research fellow for the Legacy study, said: "Our study is created to be responsive to shifts in the pandemic so that we can quickly provide evidence on changing risk and protection".

A two-week delay to the planned easing of restrictions in England on June 21 is reportedly being considered after the number of people in the country with Covid-19 rose by 75%.

"Work from home where you can, and practise hands, face, space, fresh air at all times".

"I would like thank to everyone who has already come forward for their vaccination and would urge everyone to get their vaccination as soon as they are eligible. It will save lives". - Britain's coronavirus mortality rate has risen almost 15 percent over the past week, as surging infection rates throughout December have now fed into increasing hospital admissions and deaths.

In the last week, 94 people in England were admitted to hospital after attending A&E with the Delta variant.

In England, the cases are spread across the country, and the most affected areas include Bolton in Greater Manchester (2,149 cases), Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire (724), Bedford (608), Leicester (349), Manchester (278) and Birmingham (223).

However, the PHE said there are "encouraging signs'" that the transmission rate in Bolton has begun to fall.

The Delta variant is present in all states across India but has infected people mostly in Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Telangana, which were the worst hit in the second surge.

PHE has also published a breakdown of outbreaks and clusters of variants in schools settings with cases rising in line with higher levels of the Delta variant in the community. That represents around one in 250 schools in the UK.

In Scotland, the deputy first minister said on Thursday that there was now a high number of children in hospital due to Covid. We are investigating K417N to better understand its significance.

The new laboratory data from the Francis Crick Institute and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) UCLH Biomedical Research Centre also supports current plans to reduce the dose gap between vaccines.

Global Positioning System in the district are also continuing to work together to provide vaccinations at local centres.

Delta has been declared as Variant of Concern (VOC) by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

After a backlash from local health and council leaders who claimed they had not been alerted to the new advice, ministers have now backtracked and updated the guidance so that it asks people to minimise travel rather than avoid it altogether.

A total of 26,422,303 second doses were administered between 8 December and 2 June, the equivalent of 50.7 per cent of the United Kingdom adult population, while 75.5 per cent had received a first dose.

Those aged over 25 will also be offered their first doses from next week, the newspaper said.

The prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England nearly doubled in the last week of May and the estimated reproduction "R" number crept up as the "Delta" variant became more widespread, raising worries about the country's unlocking plans. Only call NHS 111 if you can not cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days.

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