U.K. says delta variant 60% more transmissible

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The variant has caused a rise in cases in the U.K., prompting questions about whether social distancing restrictions will be lifted as planned from June 21.
The British government said Friday that the new delta coronavirus variant is 60% more transmissible in households than the variant that forced the country to lock down in January.

The delta variant, which first emerged in India, has caused a rise in cases in the U.K., prompting questions about whether social distancing restrictions will be lifted as planned from June 21.

New research from Public Health England "suggests that the delta variant is associated with an approximately 60% increased risk of household transmission" compared to the alpha variant identified in Kent, southeast England.

The alpha variant caused a surge of COVID-19…
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