Coronavirus cases surge in United Kingdom as Delta variant worries officials

Marco Green
June 19, 2021

As confirmed cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 continue to rise in Alberta, there are conflicting statements regarding how effective the first dose of vaccine is at protecting against severe outcomes of infection.

Yet, on Monday, Premier Jason Kenney tweeted a report from the United Kingdom - where cases of the Delta variant are rising -indicating one dose of Pfizer vaccine is 94 per cent effective against the Delta variant and increases to 96 per cent after a second dose.

According to British health officials, the Delta coronavirus variant also known as B.1.617.2 has risen exponentially with over 33,000 cases reported cases last week.

"The most recent data show 99 percent of sequenced and genotyped cases across the country are the Delta variant", the PHE said.

Of these, 527 were unvaccinated, and only 84 of the 806 had received both doses.

Also speaking on Thursday the HSE's chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry said 189 cases of the Delta variant have been identified in the Republic of Ireland.

Total cases of the Delta variant have been largely highest in areas of the North West, with Bolton recording a total of 4,684 confirmed or probable infections. However, deaths tend to happen some weeks after infections and the majority of cases were confirmed less than 28 days ago.

The Delta variant has been spreading rapidly in the country since last month.

"The increase is primarily in younger age groups, a large proportion of which were unvaccinated but are now being invited to receive the vaccine".

Public Health England now publishes the number of deaths among people who have tested positive for Delta within the past 28 days.

"So we're pressing ahead to try to make sure we have those remaining staff members offered the vaccine, taking up the vaccine, but if you can do it voluntarily then I think that is a much stronger basis from which to go on persuading people to do the right thing".

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had pushed back restrictions which was set for June 21 earlier amid a surge in cases. "Don't drop your guard - practise "hands, face, space, fresh air" at all times", she added.

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