Most of the new cases of COVID-19 in the UK are infections with an Indian strain known as the ‘delta variant’.
According to The Telegraph, citing the head of the British Ministry of Health Matt Hancock, the share of a new variety of coronavirus has reached 91% among cases.
As the newspaper notes, the incidence rates of COVID-19 have increased in all regions of England and especially in the northwest of the country.
At the same time, the number of hospitalizations is generally low.
Hancock has previously expressed concerns that the Indian strain of the coronavirus may affect the pace of lifting restrictions in the UK.
British experts will work with American counterparts to intensify efforts to combat pandemics, he said.
The ministry also expressed the hope that this cooperation will contribute to the creation of an early warning system and detection of diseases in the future.
World Health Organization predicted the spread of a more contagious strain of coronavirus in Europe.
A variety of strain B.1.617 has been reported in at least 53 countries. It is believed that the “delta variant” is 40-60% more infectious than the classic coronavirus.