Nearly 1,000 confirmed Delta variant cases across Sussex

Nearly 1,000 confirmed Delta variant cases across Sussex

Nearly 1,000 confirmed Delta variant cases across Sussex

Even though we are seeing the highest infection prevalence in younger people who are less susceptible to COVID-19, if this growth continues it will drive up infections in older, more vulnerable people, as the vaccines are not 100 per cent effective and not everyone has been fully vaccinated, said Professor Steven Riley, Professor of Infectious Disease Dynamics at Imperial.

Although previously dominant in the United Kingdom, the Alpha variant - blamed for the winter surge in cases - made up only 4,089 cases in the last week.

Meanwhile there has been a 79% rise in one week in cases of the Delta variant first identified in India, Public Health England (PHE) has said.

Some 423 people have been admitted to hospital with the Delta variant since last week, taking the overall total to 806.

New cases in Namibia, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Rwanda have doubled in the last week, World Health Organization emergencies programme head Mike Ryan said, while vaccine access remains miniscule.

Some 33,630 cases of the variant were recorded in the last week and PHE said "the most recent data show 99% of sequenced and genotyped cases across the country are the Delta variant".

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Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said it was "encouraging" that hospital admissions and deaths are not rising at the same rate as cases, but experts will "continue to monitor it closely".

"I certainly think that they ought to, that's definitely our position here, but there is a very big step taken when you move into compulsion. So we are preventing a lot of hospitalisations with the vaccine programme but not all of them".

One patient had received two doses of an mRNA vaccine, while the other had not been immunized.

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