Nearly 1,000 confirmed Delta variant cases across Sussex

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The Delta variant first identified in India now accounts for nearly all of Britain's coronavirus cases, Public Health England (PHE) said Friday.

New data published this week by the PHE showed the AstraZeneca vaccine is 92 percent effective against hospitalization from the Delta variant after two doses, and the Pfizer vaccine is 96 percent effective against hospitalisation after two doses.

According to the analysis, as of June 14, a total of 806 people have been hospitalised with the Delta variant, an increase of 423 since last week.

Since February, the link between infections, hospitalisations and deaths has weakened in people aged 65 and above, while there has been a recent reversal of these trends for those under 65, which likely reflects lower vaccination rates in this group. We all must hold our nerve that little bit longer as our vaccine rollout continues and I urge everyone to keep observing hands, face, space and fresh air, and make sure you receive both doses of the vaccine for the best possible protection, he said. However, deaths tend to happen some weeks after infections and the majority of cases were confirmed less than 28 days ago.

Dr Harries said: "Cases are rising rapidly across the country and the Delta variant is now dominant".

It came as the Prime Minister said he is "very confident" that the remaining coronavirus restrictions in England will be lifted on July 19.

"The vaccination programme and the care that we are all taking to follow the guidance are continuing to save lives".

The number of admissions to medical institutions has also been rising, with more than 1,000 people now hospitalised.

The PHE results follow an Imperial College London led Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT-1) study, based on over 100,000 home swab tests, which reported on Thursday that the number of people infected with the coronavirus is doubling every 11 days.

"Just because it's another mRNA vaccine, we can not presume all mRNA vaccines are the same, because each one has a slightly different technology", Swaminathan said, adding the surprise failure underscored the value of robust clinical trials to test new products.



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