Delta variant most likely to be most contagious, according to UK authorities

British health authorities said on Friday they had put the spread of delta in the UK, which appears to be more transmissible, but no more serious, under watch, amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.

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The UK Health Security Agency said in its weekly bulletin, that the “AY4.2” variant represented 6% of the total cases in the UK last week, which it classified as a “variable under investigation”.

So it’s not a “worrying formula” as it is.

The UK’s Public Health Agency said: “Initial evidence appears to show that it has a higher rate of transmission than Deltas.”

“More evidence is needed to determine whether this is related to a change in the behavior of the virus or to epidemiological conditions,” she added.

On the other hand, she stressed, this alternative “does not appear to cause a more severe version of the disease or make currently distributed vaccines less effective.”

This alternative is cause for concern because the UK suffers from one of the worst levels of pollution in the world.

After more than 50,000 cases were recorded on Thursday for the first time in three months, 49,298 cases and 180 deaths were recorded on Friday, bringing the total number of epidemic victims to 139,326 deaths in the country.

Despite increasingly urgent calls from the medical world, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is refusing to bring back some restrictions, such as indoor masks, after the last restrictions were lifted in July.

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However, on Friday, the prime minister considered it “reasonable” to wear the mask indoors, while noting that the government’s priority is to persuade those over the age of 50 to receive a third dose, while the recall campaign remains slow.

Some scientists attribute the current wave to the lack of restrictions, to the reduced immunity of the most vulnerable vaccinated so early in the UK, but also to the poor immunization of adolescents.

According to the latest weekly study by the Office for National Statistics, infection rates are highest among children in England, where nearly 8% of secondary school students (11-16 years old) were infected in mid-October, and 3.8% for children aged 2-11 general. against 1.79% for the entire population.

This gives hope for calm during the school holidays next week.

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