There is growing alarm in Britain, one of the world’s most vaccinated countries, with a mutation of the coronavirus called Delta, first identified in India and recorded in scientific language under the code B.1.167.2. According to the local public health authority, this variant now causes 75 percent of infections in the country.
This is cause for concern for several reasons. On the one hand, as far as we know, the Delta coronavirus may cause more serious disease than previous versions, and on the other hand, it is spreading faster than before in the school-age population.
As a result, Britain has tightened entry and exit rules again – the most popular tourist destination by far, Portugal, for example, has moved out of countries where returnees have to quarantine for ten days. The government’s plan to reopen on June 21 has also been called into question.
According to the NHS, the delta variant is more contagious than the alpha variant (B.1.1.7), which was first identified in Europe and triggered a third wave of epidemics. Even more worrying, however, is that, according to their data, those with the delta variant are 2.61 times more likely to be hospitalized in the two weeks following injury than those with the alpha variant. And it is more prevalent among young people, too: according to their data, hot spots have already formed in 140 schools and universities in June. If only lower and secondary education institutions are accepted, 90 hotspots have formed since April due to the delta variant.
According to data from University College London researcher Christina Bagel, “Schools are clearly a source of infection and hot spots are becoming more common in primary and secondary education.” (Across Watchman)