'Delta variant in England doubling every 11 days', says new study

'Delta variant in England doubling every 11 days', says new study

An analysis by the team from Imperial College London shows a correlation between the variant and the increasing COVID-19 infection.

The number of individuals infected with the coronavirus is increasing rapidly in England, doubling every 11 days, which coincides with the Delta variant of Covid-19 becoming dominant within the country, a replacement study showed on Thursday.

The Imperial College London led Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT-1) analysis, supported over 100,000 home swab tests taken between May 20 and June 7, estimates that 0.15% of individuals have the deadly virus, or roughly 1-in-670.

It found the link between infections, hospitalisations and deaths had been weakening since February, but since late April, the trend has been reversing for hospitalisations.

“We found strong evidence for exponential growth in infection from late May to early June within the REACT-1 study, with a doubling time of 11 days on the average for England,” said Paul Elliott, director of the REACT programme from Imperial’s School of Public Health.

A top UK government health official, meanwhile, has said the planet are going to be free from Covid-19 only after the whole global population has been vaccinated against the deadly disease.

Variants will still emerge and “we won't be through this pandemic until the entire world has the power to urge vaccinated”, Susan Hopkins, deputy director of Public Health England’s (PHE) national infection service, said at a House of Commons science board meeting . “And that, realistically, is 2 years away.”

More than 350 doctors and medical workers have caught the disease in Indonesia despite being vaccinated with Sinovac and dozens are hospitalised, officials said. Most of the workers were asymptomatic and self-isolating reception , said Badai Ismoyo, head of the health office within the district of Kudus in Java, but dozens were in hospital with high fever and declining oxygen levels.

Zeng Guang, chief epidemiologist with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has said that America - and not - US should be the priority within the next phase of investigations into the origin of Covid-19 after a US study showed that the disease could are circulating within the US as early as in December 2019.

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