Vaccinated UK brushes aside COVID Delta surge

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says England is “tantalisingly close” to lifting remaining COVID restrictions, despite a surge in daily infections.

The UK recorded 31,772 daily infections today with the rate of infection at its highest since January:

UK COVID cases

UK COVID cases surging.

The reason why the UK can lift remaining restrictions is because of the nation’s high vaccination rate. Over two-thirds of UK residents have received at least one vaccine dose:

UK vaccination rate

UK’s vaccination rate is among the highest in the world.

Because of this high vaccination rate, COVID-related hospital admissions in the UK remain low:

UK COVID hospital admissions

Hospital system no longer overloaded.

As are ICU admissions:

UK ICU admissions

Plenty of spare ventilators.


Whereas very few people in the UK are now dying of COVID:

UK COVID deaths

Few people are now dying of COVID.

Thanks to its high vaccination rate, the UK is fast approaching the situation whereby the number of COVID infections active in the community no longer matters. The key metrics going forward will be hospitalisations and deaths.

Hopefully by the end of this year Australia will have caught up.

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