'Delta variant 'well on its way' to becoming globally dominant,' says WHO

Pablo Tucker
June 19, 2021

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that around one in 520 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to June 12.

The highest number of cases recorded in an authority in Sussex was in Brighton and Hove, which recorded 289 infections.

Rates in East Sussex were much lower, with just 13 recorded infections in Eastbourne and 18 in Rother.

Earlier, The World Health Organisation (WHO) termed the Delta variant as a "variant of concern" (VOC) and said it is more powerful than the Alpha variant that has lineage B.1.1.7.

The Delta variant now accounts for nearly all of the UK's coronavirus cases, according to Public Health England.

The vaccines are believed to be highly effective against preventing serious illness from the variant.

Of these, 527 were unvaccinated, and only 84 of the 806 had received both doses.

Since February, the link between infections, hospitalisations and deaths has weakened in people aged 65 and above, while there has been a recent reversal of these trends for those under 65, which likely reflects lower vaccination rates in this group.

There have been 906 cases of coronavirus recorded in Northern Ireland over the past seven days, a rise of 278 on the previous week.

The Delta variant has been spreading rapidly in the country since last month.

"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".

PHE's weekly Covid-19 variant cases data show that numbers of the Delta variant in the United Kingdom have risen by 33,630 since last week to a total of 75,953. "Don't drop your guard - practise "hands, face, space, fresh air" at all times", she added.

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