June 20, 2021

the Delta variant is 60% more contagious than its predecessor, according to British health authorities

The pandemic linked to the new coronavirus continues to decelerate across the planet, where new contaminations recorded daily are down 16% compared to last week, according to a report drawn up by Agence France-Presse (AFP), Friday 11 June. In addition, at least 2.29 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in 216 countries or territories, although this figure hides disparities. Canada, Israel and the United Kingdom are the countries with more than one million inhabitants where vaccination is most advanced.

The Covid-19 has killed more than 3.77 million people since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP, Friday, June 11.

  • Delta variant is 60% more contagious, according to UK health authorities

A caregiver administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a vaccination center in London on June 6, 2021.

The Delta variant of the coronavirus, now dominant in the UK, is around 60% more contagious than its predecessor – the Alpha variant – according to a study released by UK health authorities on Friday, and contrary to recent announcements by the Minister of Health, Matt Hancock, who mentioned the figure of 40%. According to this latest study, 42,323 cases (or 29,892 more than a week ago) of this variant, identified in India and present in around fifty countries, have been detected in the United Kingdom, where it represents today ‘ over 90% of new cases.

However, Public Health England judges “Encouraging” to observe that the progression of the variant is not accompanied by an increase in hospitalizations in the same proportions. “The data indicate that the vaccination program continues to mitigate the impact of this variant” in populations where the number of people having received two doses of vaccine is high, underlines the public body.

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The hardest-hit European country with nearly 128,000 deaths, the United Kingdom has launched a mass vaccination campaign, which has allowed at least one dose to be administered to more than 77% of adults in six months. After a long winter confinement, the government has gradually lifted the restrictions but the lifting of the latest measures, originally scheduled for June 21, is threatened by the recent increase in contamination. According to the daily The Times, Boris Johnson’s government is now considering postponing the date for four weeks. The announcement of the decision is expected Monday, June 14.

  • In the European Union, movement restrictions possible in the event of variants

The Twenty-Seven agreed on Friday to coordinate their measures to facilitate travel within the European Union this summer with the adoption of the Covid health certificate, but provide for the possibility of reintroducing restrictions in the event of the emergence of ‘a variant. So, “When the epidemiological situation in a region of a Member State or in a Member State deteriorates rapidly, in particular due to a high prevalence of variants (…), the Member States can trigger an emergency brake”. In this case, “Exceptionally and temporarily”, drug tests or quarantines may be imposed by the destination country, even for holders of a Covid certificate.

Synthesis: Europe converts to dispersed order at sanitary passes

From 1is July, a person with a European Covid certificate, certifying that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, that their test is negative or that they are immune following an infection, should be able to travel in the block without undergoing restrictions such as additional testing or quarantine.

“We can be confident that with these updated measures and the EU’s Covid digital certificate, Europeans will be able to enjoy a safe summer vacation with restrictions which, where they exist, will only be limited”, said a spokesperson for the EU executive, Christian Wigand.

The World with AFP