After comparing the new mutant COVID-19 variant with older strains currently in circulation, Public Health England in collaboration with Imperial College London found: “figure of 70% looks like a good one, but we don’t have very good confidence intervals around that” Dr. Hopkins said.
Simultaneously, the latest data collected about the mutant suggests that it’s responsible for 43% of new infections in South East, and 59% of new cases in the East of England, and 62% in London.
No Christmas in the UK
Mr. Hancock said that he has no choice but to act and that Christmas is canceled for millions of people, and the reason behind it is the increase in cases which will make it very difficult to control the variant while waiting for the vaccine.
“As of 8 a.m. yesterday, 350,000 people have been vaccinated. We plan by the end of the weekend to have something around the half-million mark.” Mr. Hancock said
We’re accelerating the roll-out of the #coronavirus vaccine, & I’m delighted that as of yesterday morning, 350,000 people have been vaccinated.
There’s light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s vital we suppress this virus to protect our NHS & save lives. pic.twitter.com/gSgbbV7sUf