In Britain, the Indian strain of coronavirus B. 1.617.2 is spreading. In the kingdom, it is feared that it will cause a third wave of the epidemic, according to The Daily Telegraph.
British scientists have prepared several models of the spread of the new strain. It is believed that the Indian strain is more contagious, but it is not known exactly how much. If its infection rate is higher than 50%, then at the peak of the third wave, 10 thousand people will have to be hospitalized per day, which is almost three times higher than the peak of the second wave. In the worst-case scenario, a thousand people will die a day, the newspaper writes.
Scientists took into account the fact that in the UK, more than 68% of adults (36.1 million people) have received at least one of the two injections of the coronavirus vaccine, and almost 37% (19.3 million) have been vaccinated twice. Unfortunately, experts say, the vaccine does not give a 100-percent guarantee against infection with a new strain.