United Kingdom 'in third Covid wave and facing a serious public health situation'

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Weekly statistics from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, which has been monitoring mortality during the pandemic, show that excess deaths in England are still below the five-year average, even with recent rises in coronavirus deaths due to the delta variant.

He said this has resulted in "a sustained, week-on-week increase" in the rate of coronavirus cases across Wales. More than two-thirds of new cases are from community contacts.

PHE figures published last week showed Delta variant cases had more than tripled from the previous seven-day period.

According to the analysis, as of June 14, a total of 806 people have been hospitalised with the Delta variant, an increase of 423 since last week.

Of the 806, 527 (65%) were unvaccinated, 135 (17%) were more than 21 days after their first dose of vaccine, and 84 (10%) were more than 14 days after their second dose.

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The highest prevalence was found in the North West at 0.26 per cent, up from 0.11 per cent in the previous round, while the South West had the lowest at 0.05 per cent, slightly down from 0.07 per cent.

However, it points out that deaths tend to happen some weeks after an infection and it is therefore too early to judge the case fatality of Delta compared to Alpha or other VOCs.

Mr Reid said as of Tuesday 3.45m Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Ireland.

"The increase is primarily in younger age groups, a large proportion of which were unvaccinated but are now being invited to receive the vaccine".

Cases are now rising, but thanks to our incredible vaccination programme and enhanced response package including surge testing, we have the tools to curb the spread of this virus. Please make sure that you come forward to receive both doses of the vaccine as soon as you are eligible.

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This would lead to more hospitalisations and deaths, and risks straining the NHS, which is why it's vital that people take up their vaccine offer and continue to stick to the rules, he said. "Don't drop your guard practise "hands, face, space, fresh air" at all times", she added. The US, the worst-hit country by Covid-19 pandemic, has so far reported 33,498,155 confirmed cases and 600,649 deaths.

That means a total of 124,481 people have had a confirmed diagnosis since the pandemic began. This is equivalent to around 0.4 per cent cases becoming reinfected.

PHE said there is now no evidence that the Delta VOC, or any other VOCs, are more likely to cause reinfection than others, but that it continues to closely monitor this and other reinfection data.

Another 178 people have tested positive for coronavirus.

The Delta VOC is seen as the main factor behind a feared third wave of the pandemic in the United Kingdom, with the government delaying lifting all lockdown restrictions by a month until July 19 to prevent hospitals being overwhelmed.

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