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Delta variant 30-100% more transmissible, says UK Covid expert

Prof Neil Ferguson sounds warning as remaining lockdown restrictions are due to be lifted 21 June

The Delta variant of coronavirus, first discovered in India, is anywhere between 30% to 100% more transmissible than the previously dominant Alpha (or Kent) variant, according to Prof Neil Ferguson, whose Covid modelling was key to the UK’s first lockdown.

Ferguson is a leading epidemiologist at Imperial College London who advised the government at the beginning of the pandemic.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We’re certainly getting more data. Unfortunately, the news is not as positive as I would like in any respect about the Delta variant. The best estimate at the moment is this variant maybe 60% more transmissible than the Alpha [Kent] variant.

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