Covid-19: why is the epidemic soaring in the United Kingdom?

the essential The United Kingdom is experiencing a significant rebound from the Covid epidemic – 15. While the British population is predominantly vaccinated, how can we explain this surge in sickness cases?

The UK has long been the European model of the Covid vaccine campaign – 15. With 56, 6% of the population having received a complete vaccination schedule, the British seemed move away from the global pandemic. However, the Delta variant is destroying the country with 25 668 new cases Tuesday 10 October. So how is it that this predominantly vaccinated country is experiencing such an outbreak of contamination?

The abandonment of barrier gestures

It seems that the British have abandoned most of the barrier gestures that slow down the transmission of the virus. In the country, no one is subject to a health pass which has been the rule in France since this summer. In the streets or in the shops of London, few still wear it. Legally, there is no longer any law that forces the English to wear them.

In the London Underground, however, it remains compulsory but the union National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) considers that only 20% of passengers still wear a mask during their journeys against 68% before the restrictions were lifted in early summer.

The government has also announced that the mask could become mandatory again in the event of an upsurge in the epidemic this winter.

Adolescents struggle to get vaccinated

It was not until 19 September so that 12 – 15 years of age finally have access to their first dose in the United Kingdom, several days after the start of the school year school of adolescents. The vaccination committee had “judged” indeed until late that the vaccination of young people was not necessary. In France, where the vaccine has been available to adolescents since mid-June, 67% of between them are already doubly protected.

The AstraZeneca vaccine implicated?

If the United Kingdom was able to launch into the vaccination race so quickly unlike some European countries, it is above all because the country has vaccinated en masse with doses of AstraZeneca more quickly accessible unlike those of Pfizer and Moderna. The Pfizer vaccine being more effective against variants according to many experts, populations having received AstraZenaca are therefore more affected by Covid mutations – 15. The authorities have therefore announced a third dose for those over 38 years and caregivers.

Figures to qualify

The country is certainly in the grip of an increase in the number of cases but the curve of hospitalizations and deaths remains reassuring even if it has increased slightly since September according to Reuters. Sunday 10 October, country no deplored “that” 37 deaths, far from the most pandemic, on 19 January, with 2 677 dead.

La courbe des nouvelles contaminations augmentent fortement contrairement à celle des décès.
The curve for new contaminations is increasing sharply, unlike that for deaths. Reuters screenshot

The country has also not seen a noticeable increase in hospitalizations since the peak of the last wave. As of October 8, the country had 766 new hospitalizations. To 10 January of the same year, they were 1118 to be admitted to hospital according to the British government.

La courbe des hospitalisations en Angleterre.
The hospitalization curve in England. Screenshot: Coronavirus Data Gouv. UK.

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