The Delta variant coronavirus, first discovered in India a few months ago, it is “40% more transmissible”. The British Minister of Health said so Matt Hancock to the BBC. “This makes everything more complicated for us,” he added, underlining, however, that the number of hospitalizations at this time in the UK it is not increasing and most of the people in hospital with Covid-19 have not received even a dose of the vaccine.
Delta variant, Pfizer is less effective: weaker antibodies than the original version of the virus
It is now called the Delta variant, but everyone knows it as Indian. The Coronavirus mutation has led to a surge in infections in India: on 12 April, in fact, the South Asian nation recorded 160,000 new cases of Covid every day. Among the most affected countries in the world. Then the variant spread to more than 50 states, mainly in the United Kingdom, with three distinct sub-alignments: what is worrying is B.1.617.2, more contagious than the others.
Research published in the Lancet on June 3 indicates that the new strain of the virus is 50-60% more contagious than the so-called Alpha (or English) variant. But not only. It also has a higher risk of hospitalization: up to 2.6 times higher. And just look at the confirmed cases of the variant in the UK, which this week rose to 12,431 compared to 6,959 in the previous one: representing up to 75% of new coronavirus cases.