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Coronavirus: United Kingdom records nearly 50,000 cases – highest since mid-July

The United Kingdom on Monday recorded 49,156 new cases – the country’s highest jump since mid-July, The Guardian reported. The infections are rising among secondary school children, older citizens and individuals whose immunity has started to wane.

On an average, 800 people have died every week since September, Bloomberg reported. The country’s toll stands at 1.4 lakh.

Former United States Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb called for “urgent research” into a mutation of the Delta variant – also known as Delta Plus – to find out if it is more transmissible.

UK reported its biggest one-day Covid case increase in 3 months just as the new delta variant AY.4 with the S:Y145H mutation in the spike reaches 8% of UK sequenced cases. We need urgent research to figure out if this delta plus is more transmissible, has partial immune evasion?

— Scott Gottlieb, MD (@ScottGottliebMD) October 17, 2021

“There’s no clear indication that it’s considerably more transmissible, but we should work to more quickly characterise these and other new variants,” Gottlieb said in a tweet. “We have the tools.”

The Delta variant and its sub-lineages are said to be twice as contagious as the original Sars-CoV-2 strain and spread faster.

Delta variant in New Zealand

Meanwhile, the Delta variant is also spreading across New Zealand’s capital Auckland, Reuters reported. The country reported 94 cases…

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