According to Professor Stephen Reicher, the conditions for the safe opening of society are no longer met. BBC report. The reason is the progress of the Indian virus variant (it is called Delta according to the new name of the WHO). Public Health UK (PHE) experts estimate that participation is now the dominant viral variant in the UK. This variant appears to be more contagious than the British virus variant and early research results indicate an increased risk of requiring hospital care.
– By the government’s own standards, it is clear that it is nonsense to continue in the light of the tasks we now have (to open up society). Stephen Reicher, who is part of a panel of experts acting as advisers to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the British government, says the risk is enormous.
– It should be about data, not about dates. The more you think about dates, the more you draw yourself into a corner. I think that is what the government has done.
Although the spread of infection is low In terms of population size, the trend has been upwards in recent weeks. More than three-quarters of adults – 40 million people – have received at least one vaccine. In the UK, the number of new cases has more than doubled in the past week, although the number of 5,765 on Saturday was slightly lower than on Friday. However, there is no increase in the number of deaths and no need for hospital care.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has flagged that the progress of Indian diversity will threaten the final stage of sanctions in the UK on June 21. On Wednesday, the Prime Minister said he would act with caution, but said there was currently no obstacle to lifting the restrictions. Scotland, on the other hand, has suspended the opening of the community.
Delta engine The epidemic is spreading widely in India in the spring. It is not clear whether the risks of being seriously ill and ending up in hospital for victims are higher than other types of the virus.
In Sweden, there are less than 40 cases of the Indian virus variant, some of which have nothing to do with travel. According to state epidemiologist Anders Technol, it has not established itself in Sweden at the same pace as the British variant.
– Vaccines also work well against this variation, and above all both doses provide excellent protection. Anders Technell says you don’t have to worry if we get too much vaccine protection.