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Delta variant cases rise by 36,800 over last week: UK PHE

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London, July 16 (MNN) Delta variant cases in the UK have risen by 36,800 since last week to a total of 2,53,049, an increase of 17 per cent, the Public Health England (PHE) said in its latest weekly update on Friday. Of these, 45 are Delta AY.1 sub lineage.

The Delta variant currently accounts for approximately 99 per cent of cases that are sequenced across the UK, it said.

Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said: “Case rates are still high and rising, but it is encouraging that the increase in cases still does not appear to be associated with a similar increase in hospitalisations and deaths. This is testament to the continued success of the vaccination programme in reducing the incidence of severe disease.

“The best way to keep yourself and those around you safe is to get both doses of the vaccine as soon as you are eligible. However, while vaccines offer excellent protection, they do not completely eliminate risk. As we approach the end of restrictions, it is as important as ever that we continue to exercise caution. Take your free twice-weekly rapid tests and if you have symptoms, you should book a PCR test immediately and stay at home until you receive your result.”

In the last weekly update on July 9, PHE data showed that numbers of the Delta (VOC-21APR-02) variant cases in the UK had risen by 54,268 since last week to 2,16,249. This represented then a 32 per cent increase. Of these, 44 were the Delta AY.1 sub lineage.

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