Welcome to “Delta Land”: After being an incubator for the “English” variant (renamed Alpha), in the autumn of 2020, the United Kingdom is now the European country with the most contamination by the Delta variant (identified in India) . . The latter is largely dominant: between 7 and 21 June, according to the latest report from Public Health England (English Health Agency), the delta variant appeared in 95% of the sequenced cases of the virus. No one disputes that this is at the core of the third pandemic wave: on Monday, June 28, 22,868 positive cases were reported across the United Kingdom in the past twenty-four hours and, on Tuesday, June 29, again 20, 479 cases, an increase of 72.8% in the last seven days.
However, Britain’s new health minister Sajid Javid clarified on Monday: there is no question of postponing “Independence Day”, now set for 19 July. On this date, the last restrictions in England (wearing of masks, closing nightclubs, etc.) should finally be lifted. “immutable”. The “Day of Independence” was initially scheduled for June 21, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson preferred to postpone it for a month in view of the outbreak of the pandemic. “We have to learn to live with the virus, we can’t eliminate it”, Mr Johnson has upheld the former Chancellor of the Treasury.
It is true that growing clinical data shows that vaccines have drastically reduced the number of hospitalizations and deaths linked to the coronavirus, as around 62% of UK adults are now fully vaccinated. On Tuesday, 23 deaths were counted in the past twenty-four hours, or 118 in a week. Hospitalizations are progressing but much slower than the second wave, with 1,604 admitted in the past seven days, a rise of only 10.7% from the previous week. Although experts are convinced of the greater transmission efficiency of the delta version (about 60% higher than the alpha version), they also find that the vaccines remain very effective – at least in avoiding hospitalization.
Vaccines saved 27,000 lives
Certainly, cases of infection have not disappeared in people who have had two doses of the vaccine: BBC Star reporter Andrew Marr told the air on Sunday, 27 June to catch the Delta edition “Maybe at the G7 in Cornwall” and being seriously ill despite two doses of Pfizer-BioNtech. “I wasn’t acting unconsciously, but I felt invincible.” 50 deaths have also been reported in double-vaccinated people over the age of 50.
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