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Delta variant now makes up 91 per cent of cases in UK

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Don't miss a thing by getting the day's biggest stories sent direct to your inbox More than nine in 10 cases of coronavirus in the UK are of the Delta variant, Matt Hancock has said.

The health secretary said that the latest figures show that the variant of concern first detected in India now makes up 91 per cent of cases across the country.

He told MPs today that this was according to an assessment he saw on Wednesday night (June 9). Last week, Public Health England confirmed that the Delta variant had overtaken the Alpha variant, also known as the Kent variant, to become the dominant variant in the UK.

It comes as the World Health Organisation’s Europe director warned that the Delta variant was “poised to take hold in the region”.

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