The road to the end of the pandemic is long and full of curves. The threat of new and more infective or resistant variants The coronavirus is putting in check even the countries that have most vaccinated their population.
This is happening in the UK, where the alarming expansion of the Indian variant -Last Thursday an increase of 160% compared to the previous week was announced- has led the Government led by Boris Johnson to request that they not travel or leave the areas most affected by this strain unless it is essential.
This recommendation affects Bolton, Kirklees, Burnley and Darwen y Burnley in central Britain and Leicester, Hounslow (Londres), Bedford y North Tyneside. In addition, it is also requested to avoid indoor meetings and maintain a distance of two meters to stop contagions.
The publication of these guidelines – which do not have the force of law – on the NHS website without notifying the authorities of the affected areas has drawn criticism from both mayors and the opposition leader, Keir Starmer, who has asked Johnson to clarify “quickly” the changes.
In the second country with the highest percentage of population vaccinated with at least one dose -56% of the population and 72.3% of adults, only Israel has vaccinated more- the Indian variant is replacing the British one at the forefront of the ecological niche in several areas.
At the moment, the British Government has detected more than 5,000 cases of this strain of the virus in England alone and in places like Bolton, Blackburn or Bedford this variant is already behind most of the new cases.
However, despite the worrying progress of this strain, the United Kingdom maintains, for the moment, very low incidence figures for coronavirus. According to NHS data, in the last day only 2,439 cases have been reported throughout the country, although infections have grown by 17% compared to the previous week.
Also, the number of deaths caused by the pathogen continues to plummet. In the last seven days, only 40 people have died from coronavirus, 46.7% less than the previous week.