Great Britain

Covid: Delta variant cases in the UK soar by 78% in one week

Delta variant infections in the UK have jumped by 78 per cent in just one week, the latest Public Health England (PHE) data reveals.

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases involving this more transmissible variant rose from 33,630 to 75,953 over seven days, with general coronavirus infections now at their highest levels in the UK since mid-February.

This comes after PHE data indicated that those who contract the Delta variant are at increased risk of hospitalisation. So far, 806 people have been admitted to hospital with the variant, a rise of 423 since last week.

Of these patients, 527 were unvaccinated, while just 84 of them had received both doses. Those who have been given both shots are estimated to have more than 90 per cent protection against hospitalisation, according to PHE.

Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said the majority of the new Delta variant cases were detected in younger people who had not been vaccinated.

“It is encouraging to see that hospitalisations and deaths are not rising at the same rate but we will continue to monitor it closely. The vaccination programme and the care that we are all taking to follow the guidance are continuing to save lives,” she added.

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