The Delta variant of Covid-19 now accounts for the vast majority of infections in the UK and continues to spread.
There have been 35,204 more cases since last week to reach a total of 111,157, according to data from Public Health England (PHE).
Most of these cases are in England, where there have been a total of 102,019 cases of the Delta variant.
These are the 20 areas where the most confirmed and probable cases have been reported, which are all the only regions of the country to exceed 1,000 infections.
While the Delta variant now accounts for around 95% of new cases sequenced in the UK, PHE said vaccines continued to have a “crucial effect on hospital admissions and deaths”.
Another 514 people were admitted to hospital in England with Covid-19 in the week to June 21. Of these, 304 were not vaccinated.
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Dr Jenny Harries, Managing Director of the UK Health Security Agency, said: “Thanks to the success of our vaccination program, the data suggests that we have started to sever the link between cases and hospitalizations. This is extremely encouraging news, but we cannot get complacent.
“Two doses of the vaccine is much more effective against Covid-19 than a single dose, so be sure to show up for your second dose as soon as you are prompted.
“While vaccines offer great protection, they don’t offer total protection, so it’s still as important that we continue to be careful. “
About 42 cases in the UK belong to the Delta AY.1 subline, also known as Delta plus.
Studies show that this so-called Delta plus variant spreads more easily, binds more easily to lung cells and is potentially resistant to monoclonal antibody therapy, which can help neutralize the virus, India’s health ministry said.
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