CDC now calls coronavirus Delta variant a 'variant of concern'

16 Juin, 2021, 22:06 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson making a televised address to the nation from 10 Downing Street London setting out new emergency measures to control the spread of coronavirus in England

The Delta variant now accounts for 90% of all new cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom, according to the most recent data from health secretary Matt Hancock.

The variant of concern designation is given to strains of the virus that scientists believe are more transmissible or can cause more severe disease.

Further research also indicates the variant is 60% more transmissable than the previously dominant Alpha - or Kent - variant, says Public Health England.

Veran added this meant France was registering between 50-150 cases a day of the COVID-19 Delta variant, which highlighted the importance of sanitary protocol measures and vaccinations to keep the virus at bay.

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However, masks will still be required in schools, subways, large venues, homeless shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, jails and prisons.

The CDC said the Delta variant, which was first identified in India, shows increased transmissibility, potential reduction in neutralization by some monoclonal antibody treatments under emergency authorization and potential reduction in neutralization from sera after vaccination in lab tests.

Milwaukee's Commissioner of Health, Kirsten Johnson, reported two cases of the Delta variant were detected in Milwaukee County at the end of May. The CDC estimates it accounted for 9.9% of cases in the U.S. as of June 5.

Professor Tim Spector, who runs the study, said: "Covid is ... acting differently now, it's more like a bad cold in this younger population".

He urged people over the age of 18 to get vaccinated to protect themselves. Later this week shots will be offered at Fiserv Forum ahead of the Bucks' playoff game and the Juneteenth celebration.

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