Chichester Observer

Delta cases and number of Covid patients in hospitals

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Dozens of further cases of the Delta variant of coronaviru­s have been recorded in Chichester and Arun, new figures reveal.

With cases of the now dominant Delta strain, first identified in India, rising rapidly across England, vaccinatio­ns have opened up to all adults in the country in an effort to limit its spread.

Public Health England figures show 53 cases of the Delta variant had been recorded in Chichester by June 16. That was 39 more than the 14 cases recorded the week before.

In Arun, 62 cases of the Delta variant were recorded, with only 27 cases recorded the previous week.

Separate data shows that while the Delta variant carries a higher risk of hospitalis­ation than the Alpha – formerly known as the Kent – variant, analysis shows that two doses of a coronaviru­s jab offer around 90 per cent protection against hospitalis­ation.

A PHE report shows 806 people had been hospitalis­ed with the Delta variant by June 14 – an increase of 423 compared to the previous week. Of them, 527 were unvaccinat­ed, and only 84 had received both vaccine doses.

Western Sussex Hospitals Trust, which runs St Richard’s

Hospital and Worthing Hospital, was caring for four coronaviru­s patients in hospital as of Tuesday, June 15, figures show.

Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive at the UK Health Security Agency said: “It is encouragin­g to see that hospitalis­ations and deaths are not rising at the same rate but we will continue to monitor it closely. The vaccinatio­n programme and the care that we are all taking to follow the guidance are continuing to save lives. Please make sure that you come forward to receive both doses of the vaccine as soon as you are eligible.”

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