British government reveals that Indian variant is 40% more contagious

O British Health Minister Matt Hancock said Sunday that the new Indian variant of Covid-19, also known as the Delta variant, is 40% more contagious than the original strain of the disease.

Speaking to Sky News, the government official also admitted that the emergence of this variant is hampering the decision to proceed with the latest lifting of restrictions on confinement and social distancing in the UK, scheduled for June 21st.

This decision will be particularly complicated given that the experts themselves are divided, with some arguing that the deconfinement should continue and others that it should stop.

“[O facto de a variante indiana ser 40% mais contagiosa] is the last data I have. This means that the virus is much more difficult to manage with this new Delta variant. Even so, we believe that with the administration of two doses of the vaccine, we will achieve the same protection as the old variant,” explained the minister.

Epidemiological data in the UK appear to be stabilized for the time being. According to the latest balance revealed this Saturday by the Ministry of Health, in 24 hours, there were 13 more deaths associated with Covid-19 and 5,765 of new infections.

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