Cases of Indian variant in UK jump by 30,000 in one week

A mobile Covid-19 vaccination centre outside Bolton Town Hall, Bolton, where case numbers of the Delta variant first identified in India have been relatively high. Picture date: Wednesday June 9, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A mobile Covid-19 vaccination centre outside Bolton Town Hall – one of the worst affected areas (Picture: PA)

Cases of the Indian variant are continuing to soar in the UK, with nearly 30,000 more infections recorded in the last week.

Public Health England say cases of the Covid strain – also known as Delta – have jumped to 42,323 in total, in the latest sign that the variant is spreading out of control.

More than 90% of new Covid cases are the Delta variant, which continues to show a significantly higher rate of growth compared to the Alpha (or Kent) variant.

New research suggests the Delta variant is associated with an approximately 60% increased risk of household transmission compared with the Alpha variant.

Growth rates for Delta cases are high across all parts of the country, with regional estimates for doubling time ranging from 4.5 days to 11.5 days.

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Source:: Metro News

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