Indian variant now dominant in a fifth area in England
The Indian variant – now known as Delta – accounts for at least half of cases in 67 of England’s 315 local authorities.
The latest data shows the B.1.617.2 variant – now referred to as Delta – was dominant in 67 of 315 local authorities (21%) where at least five cases were found for the two weeks ending 22 May.
This means that in those areas, the variant accounted for between 51% and 100% of cases.
In total, 230 local authorities (73%) had reported at least one case of the variant, according to the most recent data from the Wellcome Sanger Institute.
Meanwhile, cases are still growing in London and the South East.
The Indian variant made up 66.7% of new cases in England in the week ending 22 May, according to the most recent Wellcome Sanger data.
But an analysis of the latest figures by Tom Wenseleers, professor of biostatistics at the University of Leuven in Belgium, suggests it could be as high as 76%.