Sonali Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, Senior Research Fellow, Departmental Lecturer and Director of the Evidence-Based Healthcare DPhil Programme at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, University of Oxford.
Covid-19 cases in the UK are rising, largely due to the Delta variant of the virus that is much more transmissible. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is aggressively pursuing a reopening of the nation which many worry is contributing to the rise in cases. Worryingly a large portion of those who have been infected and hospitalized have received two doses of a Covid vaccine.
Here in the U.S. the New York Times reports that, “As of Sunday, the country was seeing 52,000 new cases daily, on average, a 170 percent increase over the previous two weeks. Hospitalization and death rates are increasing, too, although not as quickly.” Meanwhile a former CDC director told CNN that, “It's likely, if our trajectory is similar to that in the United Kingdom, that we could see as many as 200,000 cases a day.” He added, “You will see a steady increase in deaths, and these are preventable deaths.”
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