7 September

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 221,177,000 with more than 4,578,000 deaths reported.

The UK has reported more than seven million Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

This is the highest number of cases in Europe, and the fourth highest in the world.

Hospitalizations and deaths are also rising, but not as sharply as cases.

The total hospitalizations from Covid-19 are less than 20% of the previous peak in January.

This suggests that vaccines are very effective in preventing serious illness.

However, six million adults have not been vaccinated in the UK, and this is a major concern with the highly transmissible Delta variant in circulation.

Children and adolescents have also started schooling with no specific mitigation measures or vaccination coverage.

Thus, daily new cases and hospitalizations will continue to rise in the UK.

The US has fully vaccinated just over 52% of the population despite the abundance of vaccine supply.

Vaccine hesitancy is very high in the US and the daily new cases have risen sharply owing to the highly infectious Delta variant.

The US is also reporting a high number of daily new cases and hospitalizations in children, which is expected to rise further as children prepare to begin the school year.

Additionally, mitigation measures are not consistent across the country, with mask mandates varying by state.

Bishal Bhandari, PhD, Senior Epidemiologist at GlobalData