Welcome to ‘Deltaland’: Once the incubator of the ‘English’ variable (renamed Alpha), in the fall of 2020, the UK is now the European country with the most pollution by the delta variable (defined in India). The latter is largely dominant: between June 7 and 21, according to the latest report by Public Health England (the English health agency), the delta variant appeared in 95% of serial cases of the virus. Nobody is arguing that it is the origin of the third pandemic wave: Monday 28 June, 22,868 positive cases were recorded in the past 24 hours across the UK, and on Tuesday 29 June, again 20,479 cases, an increase. 72.8% over the past seven days.
However, Sajid Javid, Britain’s new health minister, was clear on Monday: There is no question that ‘Freedom Day’, now set for 19 July, will be postponed again. On this date, the last restrictions imposed in England (wearing a mask, closing nightclubs, etc.) must finally be lifted. “There is no going back”. Freedom Day was initially scheduled for June 21 but Prime Minister Boris Johnson preferred to postpone it by a month due to the outbreak. “We have to learn to live with the virus, we cannot eradicate it,” He justified the former Chancellor of the Exchequer Mr. Johnson’s treasury.
It is true that mounting clinical data shows that vaccines have significantly reduced the number of hospitalizations and deaths associated with coronavirus, with nearly 62% of UK adults now fully vaccinated. Tuesday, 23 deaths were counted in the past 24 hours, or 118 during the week. Hospitalizations are progressing, but much slower than during the second wave, with 1,604 coming in over the past seven days, an increase of only 10.7% from the previous week. Although experts are convinced of the greater transmission of the delta variant (about 60% greater than that of the alpha variant), they also find that vaccines remain highly effective – at least to avoid hospitalization.
Vaccines saved 27,000 lives
Certainly, cases of infection have not gone away in people who have taken two doses of the vaccine: Andrew Marr, the BBC’s star journalist, told on air, Sunday, 27 June, that the delta variant had been caught. ‘Maybe at the G7 in Cornwall’ And to be seriously ill, despite taking two doses of Pfizer-BioNtech. I wasn’t acting unconsciously but I felt immune. “ Fifty deaths have also been reported of people who were vaccinated twice, all over the age of fifty.
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