COVID-19 Delta Subvariant Raises Concerns in the United Kingdom, Rise in Daily Infections

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The new COVID-19 Delta subvariant is creating a lot of controversy in the United States. Widely known as the AY.4.2, the subvariant is responsible for approximately 6 percent of the total Covid cases in the UK last week. However, the authorities are trying to find more information about the new subvariant. They have labeled it as a “variant under investigation” but not yet a “variant of concern”.

New COVID-19 Delta Subvariant Creates Havoc in the UK

The British officials on Friday began their investigation for the COVID-19 Delta subvariant, AY.4.2. However, they have not yet labeled it as a “variant of concern”.

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COVID-19 Delta Subvariant Raises Concerns in the United Kingdom, Rise in Daily Infections
Source: The Independent

They are formally looking into the new subvariant of the Delta version of the Coronavirus disease. Moreover, the subvariant or the AY.4.2 was reported in approximately 6 percent of the cases in the United Kingdom last week. It is indeed creating a lot of controversy in the British nation, alarming the authorities to research more about it.

What did the Authorities Say?

In their research, the authorities have found some evidence that the COVID-19 Delta subvariant may have an increased growth rate in the United Kingdom. However, they need more evidence to find out whether this subvariant is dangerous or not. Besides that, they are still figuring out the subvariant’s behavior to the epidemiological conditions. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHA) said that the Delta variant was “overwhelmingly dominant” in the United Kingdom. It was accounting approximately 99.8 percent of the country’s total cases.

COVID-19 Situation in the UK

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As of October 20, the United Kingdom has recorded 15, 120 cases of the COVID-19 Delta subvariant AY.4.2. However, it was first detected in July but didn’t come to the light until October. The researchers are still wondering if the subvariant worsens the disease or renders the present COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 Delta Subvariant Raises Concerns in the United Kingdom, Rise in Daily Infections
Source: The Express Tribune

Britain is currently battling the second-highest infection rate in the entire world, behind the United States. The British nation recorded over 50,000 cases on Thursday, the highest since July. Moreover, nearly 50,000 cases were recorded on Friday with 180 deaths.

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