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UK scientific community concerned about resurgence in Covid cases

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As the UK prepares to remove its limitations on 21 June, physicians and scientists are concerned about an increase in Covid-19 cases, which is likely connected to the spread of the Delta form.

Figures are coming in mixed. The United Kingdom released positive news on Tuesday, June 1, where the government had not documented any Covid-19-related deaths in the previous 24 hours. It is the first time since July 30, 2020. However, numerous voices within the scientific community are raising concerns about the approach of a third wave. And with good reason: the number of recorded cases has skyrocketed since mid-May. On Friday, June 4, health officials reported 6,238 confirmed instances of Covid-19 in the previous 24 hours, up from 1,946 one month earlier.

The number of hospital admissions is likewise increasing, but more subtly. On May 31, 123 patients were admitted to the hospital, compared to 90 on May 15.

The explanation cited was the spread of the B.1.617.2 strain, also known as Delta, the Indian variant’s new name. It was discovered in Manchester in early May, particularly in the towns of Darwen and Blackburn, and swiftly spread throughout the country, accounting for three-quarters of new infections. It is responsible for all new instances of Covid-19 in certain regions, according to the Wellcome Sanger Institute, which tracks the UK outbreak.

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to adults over the age of 25 in the United Kingdom beginning next week. The interval between injections has also been decreased from twelve to eight weeks for individuals over 40 and the most susceptible.