Delta variant in Britain: deaths despite vaccination

meAn assessment by the British health authority Public Health England has shown that more than half of all people who have died so far with the so-called Delta variant have been vaccinated. Of the 117 patients infected with the variant virus at the time of death, 50 had received two doses of the vaccine and 20 had received one dose. Only eight of the 117 dead were under the age of fifty; six of them were not vaccinated, two were vaccinated once. Scientists said Friday that the vaccinated dead were mostly very old or in poor health.

A total of 1,320 patients had been treated with the Delta variant in British hospitals at the beginning of the week. 902 of them were under the age of fifty. Of these, 77 percent were not vaccinated. The picture is different for those over 50 who received clinical treatment: a third were not vaccinated, a quarter were protected with one dose and 39 percent had received two doses.

A total of just over 111,000 people in Britain have been infected with the Delta variant so far; it has long been the dominant variant. More recently, the number of infections rose to just over 35,000 in one week. That was 46 percent more than the previous week. Due to the continuing spread, Chancellor Angela Merkel has been campaigning for days to introduce an EU-wide quarantine for travelers from Britain; in Germany they have been in quarantine for 14 days since last month. Most of the vacationing countries have so far not taken such measures.

High incidence just due to many tests?

On the contrary, Britain has been forcing travelers from almost all European countries to be isolated for at least five days and at least two official tests for months. Merkel’s call, backed by French President Emmanuel Macron, found alienation in the British press and in politics. Several ministers pointed to the highest level of vaccination in the Kingdom, where 83 percent of adults are vaccinated once and more than 60 percent are vaccinated twice. It was announced on Friday that Merkel is expected to visit the government headquarters of Checkers next Friday to speak with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In the UK, some scientists argue that the infection situation in the EU only looks better on the surface. The comparatively high number of infections in the Kingdom can also be attributed to the fact that almost a million tests are carried out every day, ten times more than in some EU countries. On the other hand, Great Britain, where half of all examinations of the virus structure (“sequencing”) are carried out worldwide, has a better overview of the true spread of the variant. delta.

Vince Fernandez

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