Health & Fitness Delta variant is 46 percent more likely to cause reinfection than Alpha strain
CA Covid variant may make people more severely ill but NOT NY variant
A new CDC report found the California variant can make people more severely ill than other strains and even weaken antibody responses but the New York variant will not make people sicker.On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documented cases of two homegrown U.S. variants: B.1.427/B.1.429, which cropped up in California, and B.1.526, which first emerged in New York.
From June 21 to July 19, some 1,788 people were admitted to hospital after testing Delta-positive. Of these, 970 (54 percent) had not had a jab but 530
(30 percent) had received both the doses.
So far 3,692 have been taken in with the Delta variant, of whom 2,152 (58 percent) had not had the vaccine - 843 (23 percent) were fully vaccinated.
From February to mid-July, among under-50s who had received both shots, four patients died with the Delta variant out of 15,346 cases (0.02 percent). There have been
34 deaths within the unvaccinated in the same age group, from among 119,063 Delta cases (0.02 percent).
Indian Covid strain is now officially 'of concern'
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Among over-50s who have received both injections there have been 220 deaths out of 13,427 cases (1.64 percent) and 131 deaths among over-50s who have not been inoculated in 2,337 cases (5.6 percent).
When it comes to reinfections, PHE staff examined polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results for those patients who had had a positive Covid response at least 90 days earlier.
There were 83,197 who tested positive in the 11-week period of whom 980 (1.2 percent) had possible reinfections. The team found the chance of reinfection with the Delta variant was
46 per cent higher than for the Alpha strain.
Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency and head of NHS Test and Trace, said "it is important to remember that, while the protection provided by vaccination is excellent, it is not total".
She cautioned yesterday: "Covid-19 has not gone away and we must all continue to play our part."
PHE says it has spotted 53 cases of 'Mu' variant in UK .
Public Health England said it had detected 53 cases of the mutant strain after it first cropped up in the UK in May. But sources said they were not concerned by the mutant strain.Public Health England said it had detected 53 cases of the mutant strain after it first cropped up in the UK in May.