Delta variant cases soar 41% in a week to 42,000 – stoking fears of June 21 delay

AT LEAST 42,000 cases in the UK have been caused by the Delta variant first seen in India, new data shows.

It means infections have risen by 41.6 per cent since Public Health England’s (PHE) last update a week ago.

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Delta variant cases have hit 42,000. Pictured: Reading Town Hall as efforts continue to reduce the spread of the Indian Delta variant[/caption]

Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said: “With numbers of Delta variant cases on the rise across the country, vaccination is our best defence.

“If you are eligible, we urge you to come forward and be vaccinated. Remember that two doses provide significantly more protection than a single dose.

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

“With data showing that Delta is significantly more transmissible than Alpha, it is just as important as ever to follow public health advice, which has not changed.

“Get vaccinated, work from home where you can and remember “hands, face, space, fresh air” at all times. These measures work, and they save lives.”

It comes after it was revealed last night Delta now accounts for 91 per cent of new cases in the UK.

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