On Thursday, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the recent Indian COVID-19 variant “Delta Strain” is responsible for 91% of the recent Coronavirus infections. The main reason for that is the variant’s ability for stronger transmission.
Previously, the minister said about the variant that it is more transmissible by 40% than the local strain in the kingdom.
He told Sky News: “That figure, around 40 percent more transmissible, is indeed the latest advice I have,” adding that COVID-19 vaccines can provide people with protection from both variants.
The recent mutated version of the Coronavirus is currently emerging in the UK which can threaten the government’s intention of lifting the pandemic restrictions.
He commented that the emerging of the Indian variant “does make the calculation more difficult for June 21.”
So, Hancock explained: “We’ll look at the data for another week and then make a judgment,” he told the BBC on Sunday, asserting that the government was “absolutely open” to review the decision once again.
It’s worthy to mention that the UK was one of the earliest countries that established a national vaccination campaign by using Pfizer vaccine.