Sunday, September 25, 2022

England opens walk-in vaccination sites as the UK grapples with a delta-driven spike in cases.

London – The UK on Saturday recorded its newest coronavirus infection since early February as the National Health Service launched a “grab a jab” initiative to further increase vaccination rates.

Government figures showed 18,270 people across the UK tested positive for the virus, the highest daily number since 5 February. In the past week, nearly 100,000 people have tested positive in the country, an increase of nearly 50 percent from the previous week. .

This has raised questions about whether England will now be able to end lockdown restrictions as planned. The Conservative government already delayed that move once, resetting it from last Monday to July 19. Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – are following similar plans.

Thousands of anti-lockdown protesters marched through central London on Saturday. Some threw tennis balls in Downing Street, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office and residence is located. “Shame on you,” said some.

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The daily cases have increased significantly over the past few weeks. Officials say the delta variant, which was first identified in India and is believed by government scientists to be 40 per cent to 80 per cent more transmissible than the previous major strain, is responsible for almost all new cases in the UK.

Most of the new confirmed cases are from the younger age group, who have not yet received the Covid vaccine. Hundreds of walk-in vaccination venues, including stadiums and shopping centres, opened in England over the weekend to boost vaccine numbers, especially among those younger age groups.

“This is an unprecedented achievement, and it is wonderful to see so many young people coming forward to protect themselves and their loved ones,” Vaccine Minister Nadim Zhawi said.

As of Saturday, nearly two-thirds of the UK population had received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 48 per cent had received two.

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A recent analysis by Public Health England showed that two doses of the main vaccines being used by the UK are highly effective against hospitalizations from the delta variant – 96 per cent for the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine and 92 per cent for the AstraZeneca jab. Percent.

Although hospitalizations and the death toll have been rising over the past few weeks, they have not increased at the same rate as infections. On Saturday, the government said another 227 people have been hospitalised, taking the total to 1,505. Those numbers are nowhere near the levels recorded earlier in the year during the peak of a second surge, when hospitalizations were closer to 40,000. Virus-related deaths have also remained relatively low at 23.

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