Public Health England analysis finds Delta variant is more likely to lead to hospitalisation than Kent variant

The coronavirus variant of concern first discovered in India, known as Delta, is more likely to lead to hospitalisations that the Alpha variant first detected in Kent, data suggests, raising further concerns about its spread across the UK.

The Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, is the dominant variant in the UK – accounting for up to 75% of new coronavirus cases. It is believed to be more transmissible that the Alpha variant, and somewhat more resistant to Covid vaccines, particularly after just one dose.

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