Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the Delta variant of COVID-19 now accounts for most new cases of the coronavirus, with 12,383 cases recorded by the middle of the week ending 4 June.
However, just 464 presented to hospital emergency departments and only 126 needed to be admitted; 83 of those who were admitted had not been vaccinated.
Hancock claims that the UK’s vaccination program has “broken the link” between COVID-19 infections and the rate of hospitalisation and death, and he contends that the program has averted an estimated 39,000 hospitalisations and 13,000 deaths.
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The Delta variant was recently detected in Melbourne, and epidemiologists expect it to become the dominant strain in Australia.
From The AFR:
“The vaccination brings us hope,” Mr Hancock told MPs. “The vaccine is breaking that link between infections, hospitalisations and deaths – a link that was rock solid back in the autumn”…
“The goal is to live with COVID, much as we live with some other unpleasant diseases including flu,” he said, adding that vaccination “is proving to be an incredibly powerful ally in getting us through this”…
Mr Hancock said the vaccination program – which has now delivered a single dose to 76 per cent of British adults and two doses to 52 per cent – had averted an estimated 39,000 hospitalisations and 13,000 deaths.
The below charts for the UK tell the tale.
The UK is way ahead with its vaccine rollout:
COVID hospitalisations have plummeted:
As have COVID deaths:
This comes despite the UK still recording thousands of daily infections and rising:
Thus, vaccination of UK residents has greatly reduced the lethality of the virus, even if it hasn’t stopped transmission.
Ultimately, life won’t return back to ‘normal’ until the population is vaccinated and COVID resembles the common cold or flu.