British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, as published on Sunday (6) in the British newspaper, that the delta variant, as it is now called the Indian strain, is 40% more transmissible than the standard coronavirus. Watchman. The data, he said, may delay the easing of restrictions in the region that is expected from the 21st.
This variant was evaluated as between 30% and 100% more transmissible than the so-called alpha variant, which was the first to be identified in the world and then called the UK variant, as the newspaper confirms, noting that the Minister, with more recent information, nail 40% percentage.
“This means that it is difficult to manage the coronavirus with the delta variant. But after two doses of the vaccine, we are confident that you will get the same protection as you would against the standard virus. With the same effectiveness,” the minister stated.
About 52% of the population was vaccinated with both doses. The United Kingdom was the first in the Western world to start immunization on 8 December. The delta variant is already prevalent in the region. It is the hardest-hit country in Europe, with around 128,000 deaths. It has given at least a first dose of the anti-virus vaccine to more than 40 million people, and more than 27 million have already received a second dose.
Hancock added that despite the increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in recent days, which exceeds 5,000 cases registered daily, the number of admissions remains stable. He said most admissions refer to patients who have not been vaccinated.