As of 9 a.m. today, 6,238 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases had been reported in the UK, the highest single-day amount since March 25.
One researcher warned that this week’s coronavirus data is “heading in a negative way,” since the Delta variety has been doubling every nine days across the UK.
Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modeling helped the UK lock down the variant in March last year, said the variant, which was originally detected in India, was likely to be 60% more transmissible than the previously dominant Alpha form, which originated in Kent.
When asked if the lifting of restrictions on the 21st of June should be postponed, the Imperial College London epidemiologist told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think the data is pointing in a more negative direction this week than it was last week, so it points towards the direction of caution.”
“At the time, the best estimate is that this version may be 60% more transmissible than the Alpha type,” he continued.
“Depending on assumptions and how you analyze the data, it may be anywhere from 30% to 100% more transmissible,” says the researcher.