The Delta variant now accounts for almost all coronavirus cases in the UK, according to Public Health England.
Some 33,630 cases of the strain were recorded last week and PHE said that “the most recent data shows that 99% of cases sequenced and genotyped across the country are the Delta variant.”
Last week the Delta variant accounted for 90% of COVID cases across the UK.
The Delta variant is reportedly 65% more transmissible than the Alpha (Kent) variant in households, according to PHE estimates.
Although previously dominant in the UK, the Alpha variant – blamed for the winter outbreak of cases – only accounted for 4,089 cases last week.
The risk of being admitted to hospital with the Delta variant of the coronavirus is about double that of the Alpha variant, but two doses of the vaccine still offer strong protection against both.
As of Monday, a total of 806 people have been admitted to hospital with the Delta variant.
Of these, 527 were unvaccinated and only 84 of 806 received both doses – although it is not known how much time has passed since their second dose, as it takes a few weeks to build up protection. .
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This notice was published: 2021-06-18 08:48:00