The version of the new type of coronavirus, first identified in India and registered as Delta, is about 40 percent easier to spread than previous variants, but its appearance has not been followed by an increase in the number of serious illnesses requiring hospitalization, the British health minister said.
Matt Hancock told the BBC’s television policy magazine that the UK Government’s Standby Scientific Advisory Board (SAGE) best estimate suggests that the Delta variant may be 40 per cent more contagious than previous virus variants.
Hancock stressed, however, that although the number of infections increased slightly, the good news is that the number of serious patients in need of hospital treatment is not increasing, the curve following changes in this number is “largely flat”.
He added that in the vast majority of cases, people with Covid-19 disease caused by a coronavirus infection are hospitalized who have not yet received a single dose of the coronavirus vaccine. According to the minister, scientific data show that the vaccine is also effective against the Delta variant after both doses.
This is supported by the latest findings from the Public Health England (PHE) study, which found that the two vaccines most widely used in the UK vaccination campaign, Oxford University and the AstraZeneca pharmaceutical company, and a co-developed vaccine by both Pfizer and BioNTech is very effective in preventing the development of a disease caused by the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
A study report published by PHE yesterday states that the two vaccines are almost as effective in preventing the symptomatic development of Covid-19 disease caused by the variant also registered as B.1.617.2 as in the case of the Kent variant previously seen in the South East of England.
The Kent virus variant has been dominant in Britain for some time, but according to PHE data, the majority of new coronavirus infections are now caused by the Delta variant.
On the question of whether the complete lifting of the restrictions imposed to curb the epidemic, scheduled for 21 June, should be postponed due to the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant, Matt Hancock he put it on the BBC show that the government is “absolutely open” to postponement if it becomes necessary.
The Health Minister stressed that in the timetable drawn up by the British government to lift the restrictions, the date of 21 June is the earliest possible date for the lifting of the last restrictive measures still in force.
Hancock he said the government would announce a decision a week earlier, on 14 June, whether all legal restrictions could be lifted on 21 June in Britain.
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