Covid cases SOAR by 140% – new hotspots as Delta variant spread puts June 21 at risk

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However, the increasing rate in infections is not accompanied by a spike in hospital admissions this time around.

PHE said despite Covid Delta cases rising from 12,431 to 42,323 in one week, it’s “encouraging” to see this isn’t “yet accompanied by a similarly large increase in hospitalisations”.

The medical body said this suggests the vaccine rollout is mitigating the impact of the variant, with Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency Dr Jenny Harries saying “vaccination is our best defence”.

Dr Harries added: “However, while vaccination reduces the risk of severe disease, it does not eliminate it.



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