The Sars-CoV-2 delta variant is now dominant in the UK. Its greater contagiousness threatens the lifting of the latest restrictions in the country.
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It was first identified in India in April. The delta variant of Sars-CoV-2 is transmitted 40% more than the alpha variant, detected in the United Kingdom and until then dominant in the country, said on the BBC, on Sunday (June 6th), the British Minister for Health Matt Hancock.
Despite an increase in the number of new cases of Covid-19 in recent days, exceeding the 5,000 or even 6,000 cases recorded daily in the United Kingdom, the number of hospitalizations remains stable, added Matt Hancock. The majority of hospitalizations also concern patients who have not been vaccinated, he assured.
The hardest hit country in Europe with nearly 128,000 dead, the UK has administered at least a first dose of vaccine to more than 40 million people. More than 27 million received a second dose. But the arrival on the territory of the variant delta, more contagious, threatens the lifting of the restrictions experienced on June 21. According to some British newspapers, the government could postpone this deadline by two weeks.