UK reports weekly jump of 79% in Delta variant infections


  • PHE has reported a sizable jump in the Delta variant cases
  • The Delta variant cases in the UK increased by as much as 79.46% in a week
  • Notably, 84 double-jabbed people with the Delta variant have been hospitalised 

The rising concerns surrounding the mutated strains of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom has renewed the worries amidst the government circle the healthcare administration postponing the Step 4 of reopening by four weeks. The situation is seemingly not critical as it was during the December-January 2021 period.

However, the recently identified variants of concerns (VOCs) of the Covid-19 (SARS CoV-2) virus are certainly more transmissible as compared to the previous variant first detected in the UK. The higher transmission rate of the virus has led to a sudden spike of fresh cases with a number of regional jurisdictions witnessing mini outbreaks.

The Public Health England (PHE) on Friday, 18 June, reported a sizable jump in the coronavirus cases associated with the Delta variant (VOC-21APR-02). According to the data released by the PHE, the Delta variant cases in the UK increased by as much as 79.46% to 75,953 since last week’s figure of 42,323.

The sharp rise in the coronavirus cases in the country can be attributed to the massive reopening in three stages under which the Downing Street administration has allowed a large section of businesses and commercial settings to restart their operations. Undeniably, with the relaxed restrictions across the nation, the people have started stepping out on a frequent basis.

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This is quite evident from the fact that the proportion of online sales have fallen in the recent months, as most of the physical stores reopened. The recently published data from the PHE indicates that 99% of the sequenced and genotyped cases across the UK are associated with Delta variant of the coronavirus.

There has been a subsequent rise in the rate of hospital admissions for the cases linked to the Delta variant. Notably, the rate is higher as compared to the Alpha variant of Covid-19. Infact, the rate has been increasing from the last few weeks. A separate analysis from the PHE has shown that double-jabbed people certainly have a high degree of protection against hospital admission. 

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On a weekly basis, a total of 806 people infected with the Delta variant of Covid-19 have been hospitalised, as of 14 June, as compared to the last week’s tally of 383 individuals. Surprisingly, of the total cases of the Delta variant reported until 14 June, 84 people have received both the shots of the two-dose regimen of Covid-19, while 527 were unvaccinated.

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