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Surging COVID-19 cases in the U.K. have left the country behind the rest of Europe, and at the same time former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is calling for urgent research into a variant known as delta plus.

For two weeks, the number of new cases has wavered between 35,000 and 40,000 a day, and on Monday it nudged closer to 50,000 — the highest since the July peak of the delta variant outbreak.

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