AT least one case of the Delta variant of the coronavirus has been recorded in Sedgemoor, according to Public Health England.

The official figures show between one and four cases of the Delta variant had been recorded in the district by June 9.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Covid-19 mutation which originated in India now makes up 91% of new cases in the UK.

Across the South-West, at least 563 cases have been reported in the latest week of data, although it remains the least affected of England’s nine regions.

The North West, where variant hotspots Bolton and Blackburn are located, continued to have the highest numbers identified – 16,825 Delta variant cases have been recorded there.

Public Health England said yesterday that a total of 42,323 cases of the Delta variant have been confirmed in the UK, up from 29,892 a week ago.

Growth rates for Delta cases are high across all parts of the country, it added, with cases doubling every 4½ days in certain areas.

Different PHE figures show that 42 people across England had died with the Delta variant as of June 7. Of them, 23 were unvaccinated, seven had received their first dose more than 21 days before and 12 died more than two weeks after receiving their second jab.

The figures also show that two thirds of the 1,234 people who attended A&E in England between February 1 and June 7 and who were confirmed as having the Delta variant of coronavirus were unvaccinated.

Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said: “With numbers of Delta variant cases on the rise across the country, vaccination is our best defence.

“If you are eligible, we urge you to come forward and be vaccinated.

“Remember that two doses provide significantly more protection than a single dose. However, while vaccination reduces the risk of severe disease, it does not eliminate it.

“With data showing that Delta is significantly more transmissible than Alpha, it is just as important as ever to follow public health advice, which has not changed.

“Get vaccinated, work from home where you can and remember ‘hands, face, space, fresh air’ at all times.

“These measures work, and they save lives.”