Delta Variant B1.617.2 primary cause behind India's second wave of COVID: Experts

The Delta variant would soon overtake the Alpha variant.

Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic (INSACOG) sequence study has proved that the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant of coronavirus is the primary cause of the second wave of coronavirus in India. INSACOG study showed that Delta variant of virus has 50 percent more transmission rate than Alpha (B.1.17) variant and also told that the breakthrough infections post Covid-19 vaccination is too high.

According to Public Health England (PHE), which monitors the growth of Covid cases because of variants in the country, the Covid cases due to the Delta variant have risen by 5,472 in a week and the total has reached 12,451 on Thursday. 

This data has led the experts to conclude that the Delta variant would soon overtake the Alpha variant. 

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Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of UK Health Security Agency said, “With this variant now dominant across the UK, it remains vital that we all continue to exercise as much caution as possible. 

The way to tackle variants is to take the transmission of Covid-19 as a whole. Work from home where you can, and practice ‘hands, face, space, fresh air’ at all times. If you are eligible and have not already done so, please come forward to be vaccinated and make sure you get your second jab. It will save lives.”

The most affected area by the Delta variant remains the northwest of England with Bolton, where cases have risen by 795 to 2149. 

Experts are still warning people to be cautious as the country has scheduled June 21 as the date for the end of all lockdown restrictions. 

PHE said, “Variants are on the increase in several areas, and it is absolutely crucial that everyone plays their part in preventing their spread.”

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