LONDON (AP) – Britain’s main trade union has joined calls for a delay in another blockade in Britain as figures showed on Friday that new cases of the coronavirus across the UK were at an all-time high in late February.
The rise in new infections comes as a result of the spread of the delta version, first discovered in India.
Government figures show that 8125 new cases were registered on Friday. This is the highest figure since February 26 և means that the 7-month average, which offsets daily fluctuations, has tripled in the last month.
The Delta version, which is considered to be about 40% more transmissible than the previous predominant strain, now accounts for more than 90% of all new infections in the UK, following a recent sharp rise in cases.
The pickup has forced a number of scholars to call on the British government to postpone the lifting of the next blockade of England from June 21.
Prime Minister Boris John Onson will announce on Monday whether there will be a easing to remove social distance restrictions, but pressure is mounting on the delay.
On Friday, the British Medical Association said a “reasonable delay” would help cover up infections as it would allow more people to be vaccinated with the first or second dose, especially younger people who see the highest rates of infection.
“Only 54.2% of the adult population, who are currently fully vaccinated, և many young people are not yet eligible, there is a huge risk that loosening all restrictions prematurely will cancel the excellent work of the vaccine program, leading to a wave of infections,” said the doctor. Chand Nagpaul, Chairman of the Board of the British Medical Association.
“We are talking not only about the number of hospitalizations, but also about the health risks of a large number of young people who may suffer from long-term symptoms, affecting their ability to live and work,” he added.
The UK has reported almost 128,000 deaths from the coronavirus, more than any other nation in Europe. Mortality has plummeted in recent months following a devastating winter wave of infections following a months-long blockade and rapid spread of vaccines. Earlier this week, the spread, which was mainly based on age, spread to young people aged 25 to 29.
The improved background has made it possible to ease blocking restrictions in the UK over the past few months. The four countries of the United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – have lifted the restrictions at various rates, but have generally pursued similar programs for the summer.
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