Covid cases: Dr Amir says these are ‘very sobering numbers’ as ‘Delta variant has changed’

GMB: Dr Amir Khan on 'sobering' Delta variant numbers

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Dr Amir – appearing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain (GMB) – warned of the “very sobering numbers” that he has attributed to another mutation in the highly contagious Delta Covid variant. In the past week, the number of people testing positive for Covid has jumped to 214,736. And that figure isn’t inclusive of those who have the infection but haven’t been tested.

This has been an increase of 7.8 percent compared to the week prior, but it’s not the only worrying statistic.

Such an increase in Covid infections has coincided with a decrease in the number of virus tests conducted.

Around 5,698 people have been admitted to hospital – an increase of 5.6 percent.

Furthermore, 674 people have lost their lives to the deadly disease, an increase of nearly 10 percent.

Understandably perplexed, GMB host Susanna Reid asked Dr Amir why we’re seeing such an increase in infections and deaths when mass vaccination has been done in the UK.

“These are worrying statistics,” Dr Amir confirmed, adding that the “Delta variant has changed again”.

As restrictions have been lifted, and schools are set to return in September, Dr Amir is concerned a “testing time” is ahead of us.

The doctor pointed out that ventilation systems need to be much better at indoor spaces, such as schools.

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The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is advising against routine vaccination for children.

Only those children aged 12 to 15 with severe neurodisabilities, Down’s syndrome, or severe learning disabilities or immunosuppression will be offered the Covid vaccine.

“Evidence shows that COVID-19 rarely causes severe disease in children without underlying health conditions,” the JCVI explained.

“At this time, the JCVI’s view is that the minimal health benefits of offering universal COVID-19 vaccination to children do not outweigh the potential risks.”

As for booster jabs in the autumn – once planned for all over-50s – this vaccine is now to be prioritised to those deemed extremely clinically vulnerable.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) pointed out that the focus shouldn’t be on giving booster jabs when there are parts of the world where the first vaccine hasn’t been given.

“We must ensure fair and equitable access to vaccines, and ensure every country receives them,” the WHO said.

“Safe and effective vaccines are a game-changing tool,” the organisation added.

The WHO pointed out that research is still ongoing about “how much vaccines protect not only against disease but also against infection and transmission”.

“Being vaccinated does not mean that we can throw caution to the wind,” the organisation added.

“For the foreseeable future we must continue wearing masks, cleaning our hands, ensuring good ventilation indoors, physically distancing and avoiding crowds.”

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