Authorities keeping eye on new Delta mutation

Found in Denmark for the first time in August, the AY.4.2 subvariant accounts for 10 percent of new cases in the UK

The health authorities are keeping a watchful eye on a new COVID-19 Delta mutation that looks to be pretty contagious. 

Registered in Denmark for the first time in August, the AY.4.2 subvariant has been documented in more than 30 countries now.

“It accounts for about 10 percent of positive tests in the UK. In Denmark we found it on August 4 and we see about ten new cases weekly,” said the health minister, Magnus Heunicke.

“It’s not on the rise, so right now we are not concerned, but we are monitoring it closely in regards to spread and properties.” 

The news comes as COVID-19 cases continue to mount in Denmark. 

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Woes in the western suburbs 
Earlier this week, Heunicke said it was imperative that more people in Denmark get vaccinated or the country could risk seeing restrictions ushered in again.

In particular, there are 11 municipalities in the Copenhagen region that are lagging behind in terms of vaccination figures. 

The national average for vaccination is at about 75 percent, but capital municipalities, particularly in the western suburbs, are well behind that.

Ishøj has the lowest rate in the country with 62 percent, preceded by Brøndby (66), Høje-Taastrup (67), Albertslund (67) and Vallensbæk (68). 

Others faltering in the capital region are Rødovre, Hvidovre, Glostrup, Herlev, Copenhagen and Ballerup.

So it is perhaps not a coincidence that the municipalities mentioned above also lead the country in terms of having the highest rate of COVID-19 cases at the moment.





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