BBC Breakfast: Louise speaks to doctor about Delta variant
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Data from Public Health England (PHE) shows 35,204 new Delta cases have been confirmed in the last week alone, bringing the total number of confirmed variant cases to 111,157. About 42 of these cases are understood to be the Delta AY.1 sub lineage, also known as Delta Plus. The mutated version of the variant is thought to be more transmissible than its parent strain, according to health officials in India. PHE added the Delta variant now comprises 95 percent of all sequenced coronavirus cases in Britain.
The public health body also said a new strain, Lambda, has been designated as a variant under investigation.
As things stand, six cases of Lambda were detected between February 23 and June 7, 2021, of which five have been linked to international travel.
In terms of the Delta cases, the vast majority of cases are concentrated in England, with some distributed throughout the other Home Nations.
England has 102,019 Delta cases, while Scotland is in second place with 7,738.
Wales has shown 788 confirmed cases of the mutated strain, while Northern Ireland has the lowest caseload with 612.
There have now been a total of 117 deaths in England of people confirmed with the Delta variant – eight of which were aged under 50.
Six of these eight people were unvaccinated, while two died after more than 21 days of receiving a first dose of the Covid vaccine.
Last week, the Delta strain made up 99 percent of Covid cases across the UK, having dropped down to 95 percent this week.
Latest data from the ONS show that around one in 520 people in private households in England had COVID-19 in the seven days to June 12.
This is up from one in 560 the week before, and shows the highest level since the seven days to April 10.
According to PHE’s interactive map which records cases in the seven days to June 19, Blackburn with Darwen in the northeast continues to be one of the most affected authorities, with a total of 778 cases representing 519.7 cases per 100,000 people.
Blackburn with Darwen is, however, showing progress as the caseload has dipped 9.7 percent, equivalent to 84 cases, within the last seven days.
Neighbouring Hyndburn is also showing high numbers with 376 cases, equating to 464 cases per 100,000 people – up 2.5 percent with an additional nine cases recorded.
Ribble Valley, within the same area, continues to be high too with 248 cases representing 407.3 of 100,000 citizens, down 13 percent with 37 cases down.
Lancashire in the north west has shown a spike too, with a 10.6 percent increase and 318 new confirmed cases bringing its total to 3,323 or 272.4.
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County Durham, which previously had no Delta cases, has seen the situation deteriorate with 594 new cases recorded, equating to a 118.1 percent increase and bringing the total number to 1,097, or 206.9 of every 100,000 people.
Cases down south aren’t much better, with London and Reading seeing a spike within the same period of time.
In Greater London, Wandsworth has seen cases rise 8.8 percent with 33 additional cases, bringing it to a total of 407, equal to 123.5 cases in every 100,000 residents.
The London Borough of Southwark has seen things go from bad to worse, with a 28.1 percent increase amid 85 new confirmed cases.
Southwark’s total now stands at 387 cases, or 121.4 of every 100,000 people who call the borough home.
PHE’s data suggests Reading is experiencing a spike, with a 29.9 percent increase in confirmed Delta cases amid a jump of 52 new infections.
Reading’s total is now among the highest in the country in terms of rate, with 139.7 cases per 100,000 people and a total of 226 Delta cases.
Moving down to the south west, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly which have been relatively untouched throughout the pandemic in comparison to other hotspots, has seen the situation escalate in recent weeks, with many attributing the spike to the G7 conference two weeks ago.
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly now have 858 cases, showing a 108.6 percent increase in infection rates bringing cases to 170.5 in every 100,000 people following 339 new instances recorded.
The same data shows Gloucestershire is experiencing a rise too, with a 96.8 percent climb after 358 new Delta cases were recorded.
Gloucestershire now has a total of 114.3 cases, bringing its total number to 728.
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