MORE than 200 more cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus have been recorded in Brighton and Hove, new figures reveal.

Data from Public Health England shows 289 cases of the Delta variant had been recorded in the city as of Wednesday, June 16 – up 213 from the 76 cases recorded last week.

Those identified in the latest figures were among at least 6,638 cases of the variant recorded in the south-east – the third most affected of England’s nine regions.

It comes after Brighton and Hove Director of Public Health Alistair Hill warned residents to follow safety guidelines and said ‘too many people are relaxing too soon’ after weekly Covid cases count -19 is up 160% in seven days to Friday June 10 compared to the previous week.

Mr Hill urged everyone in the city to make Covid safety guidelines and regular symptom-free testing into their routine.

He said: “The vaccination program is having a real impact, but at the same time, too many people are relaxing too early and forgetting about Covid safety guidelines.

“The Covid virus spreads in particles on our breath when we talk, cough and laugh.

“This is why it is so important to follow the guidelines” hands, face, space, fresh air “when you are with other people, inside and outside.”

In the latest data provided for the seven days through Sunday, June 13, the infection rate in the city stood at 85.9 – significantly higher than the England average, at 75.2 per 100,000 inhabitants.

The latest figures released by Public Health England today show 59 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the city as of 9 a.m. this morning, bringing the total number of people testing positive to 15,271.

While the Delta variant carries a higher risk of hospitalization than the Alpha variant – formerly known as the Kent variant – analysis shows that two doses of a coronavirus vaccine provides about 90% protection. against hospitalization.

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The most recent data shows that 99% of coronavirus cases across the country are the Delta variant, first identified in India.

With cases of the Delta strain increasing rapidly, vaccinations have been opened to all adults nationwide in an effort to limit its spread.

Dr Jenny Harries, Managing Director of the UK Health Security Agency, said: “It is encouraging to see that hospitalizations and deaths are not increasing at the same rate, but we will continue to monitor it closely.

“The immunization program and the care we all take to follow the advice continues to save lives.

“Please make sure you show up for both doses of the vaccine as soon as you are eligible.

“Don’t let your guard down – practice ‘hands, face, space, fresh air’ at all times.”

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Source: www.theargus.co.uk
This notice was published: 2021-06-18 17:07:29

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