Cases in UK and France increasing as WHO eye variant – .

Cases in UK and France increasing as WHO eye variant – .

Health officials say coronavirus infections are on the rise in the UK, France and Latvia as the World Health Organization monitors a new form of the Delta variant.

The UK on Thursday reported 52,009 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily number since July 17, and 115 deaths within 28 days of testing positive, government data showed.

The number of new cases has grown rapidly, with infections in the past seven days up 18% from the previous week.

Deaths haven’t risen as quickly, but the seven-day total is still up 11%.

Health Minister Sajid Javid on Wednesday resisted calls from doctors for a return of restrictions to stop the growing wave of infection, but warned they would be brought back if people did not accept the offers vaccination.

New cases of COVID-19 in France jumped 18% to 6,127 from a week ago after rising 8% on Wednesday, data from the Ministry of Health showed on Thursday.

New cases had already increased last week – after falling continuously by more than 28,000 a day on August 17 – but that was at least in part in response to the fact that free COVID-19 testing ended on August 17. last week Thursday, which encouraged more people to take a test before the deadline.

After spiking 36% after the last day of free testing, the number of new cases slowed again on Sunday and Monday, but picked up from Tuesday.

Hospital data – the trend of which is typically one to two weeks behind new case data – continued to improve, with the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care declining from 17 to 1,009.

France also recorded 37 new deaths from the epidemic, bringing the total to 117,389.

Latvia began a month-long lockdown on Thursday as the number of new coronavirus cases reached an unprecedented peak amid widespread public disinterest in vaccination.

Riga’s health authority reported 2,935 positive tests in one day on Thursday.

This means that around 1,463 new infections per 100,000 population have been recorded in the past 14 days – another record.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control currently attributes the highest infection rates in Europe to Latvia.

With the number of infections on the rise, Riga’s government decided to pull the emergency brake and sent the country into a new lockdown with full restrictions and a nighttime curfew until November 15.

Only essential businesses should remain open.

All other places will remain closed and catering establishments will only be allowed to sell food to take out or eat out.

Most workers are required to work from home and schools will be limited to distance education.

“We all enter a stricter diet for four weeks,” Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins said.

It was about breaking chains of infection and reducing stress on the healthcare system, Karins said, adding that the lockdown must be accompanied by more vaccination.

Only just over half of the Latvian population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The WHO said Thursday it was monitoring a new form of the Delta coronavirus variant.

The virus, named AY4.2, has two more mutations, the WHO said.

Recently, experts had reported a minor outbreak of the variant in the UK.

Russia has also registered its first cases, according to a report by the Interfax news agency.

Cases of AY4.2 have also been reported in the United States, Denmark and Germany.

The German Robert Koch Institute for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the Delta subvariant has been detected around 280 times in the country since July.

Researchers do not yet believe that the mutated variant could be significantly more contagious than the original Delta variant, which was first detected in India in late 2020.

It is now the dominant variety in the world.

with Reuters


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