Hounslow, London, which has become one of the UK’s largest hotspots for the coronavirus first identified in India on Thursday May 27, 2021.
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The country’s health agency said Thursday that cases of the Covid-19 strain first discovered in India more than doubled the number in Britain within a week.
The number of cases reached 6,959 by May 26, an increase of 3,535 from the previous week.
Public Health England said the B.1.617.2 strain, the highly proliferation of three mutated strains, was more likely to be more infectious than the first identified in England last fall. Health England said.
Bolton, Bedford and Blackburn are currently the most affected areas in England, according to PHE, although there are relatively few cases in most areas of the country.
Hospital admissions have also been on the rise in some areas, PHE added that the vast majority of hospitalizations were in unvaccinated people.
Research published by PHE last week showed that two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine provide people with high levels of protection against the B.1.617.2 strain.
Jenny Harries, CEO of the UK Health Security Office, said in PHE’s weekly update that citizens should continue to exercise caution as the UK relaxes blocking restrictions.
“We now know that getting both doses of the vaccine provides high levels of protection against this variable, and we ask everyone to have a vaccine,” she said.
“Make sure you stay vigilant, work from home if you can, meet possible outside people and remember” hands, faces, fresh air “all the time.
Britain has tentatively begun to lift restrictions on blocking in recent months, with the government hoping to lift all measures by June 21.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, however, has warned the country “may have to wait” for a complete return to normal, although he told the BBC on Thursday there was nothing. “It’s in the data” to point out that the unlocking in June will derail.
Johnson announced earlier this month that the UK would accelerate a second vaccination for people over 50 and at medical risk in an effort to combat the spread of the B.1.617 strain. 2
More than 62.6 million vaccinations were administered in the UK by May 26, with 73% of the adult population getting the first vaccine. Almost half of British adults had received both doses of the vaccine.
As of May 22, 883 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the UK, a sharp drop from their peak in January of 39,249.