The Indian ‘delta’ strain of COVID-19 is now predominant across the globe

The chief scientist of the World Health Organization said on Friday that Delta is a highly contagious variant of Covid-19 first discovered in India and is becoming the main strain of the disease worldwide. Chief scientist, he said at a press conference at the agency’s Geneva headquarters. Studies have shown that the transmission rate of the delta is about 60% higher than that of alpha. This is the first variant discovered in the UK and is more infectious than the original strain that appeared in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019. Is in circulation,” he added. The WHO said on Wednesday that the variant has spread to more than 80 countries and continues to mutate as it spreads around the world. 

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it now accounts for the United States. 10% of all new cases, up from 6% last week. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky urged Americans to get vaccinated against the new coronavirus on Friday and expressed her hope that the delta virus will become a US coronavirus Varensky said in the “Good Morning America” ​​program received by the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): “Although the high infectivity of this delta strain is worrying, our vaccine is effective. “He added that if you are vaccinated, “you will be protected from this delta variant.” 

The delta variant was recently discovered in the UK as the main strain there, and it performed better than the alpha first discovered in the country last fall. The change is reflected in more than 60% of new cases in the UK. The World Health Organization announced last month that the Delta is a “worrying variant.” According to the WHO, if a variant proves to be more contagious, more deadly, or more resistant to current vaccines and treatments, it may be labeled as “worrying.” There are more severe symptoms, but more research is needed to confirm these conclusions. 

However, there are signs that the delta strain may cause different symptoms than other variants. Swaminathan said on Friday that scientists still need more data on the variant, including its impact on the effectiveness of the Covid vaccine. The German company CureVac cited the variant as one earlier this week. An analysis published by the Department of Public Health on Monday found that two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine are very effective for the hospitalization of delta variants. “How many people were infected and how many were hospitalized and seriously ill?” Swaminathan said on Friday. “This is something we are paying close attention to.” 

After destroying the Indian capital, the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic showed signs of abating, with 158 new cases and 10 deaths in Delhi in the past 24 hours. With the infection rate of 0.20%, the opening of shopping centers, and the increase in passenger flow, it gradually becomes normal. Despite widespread restrictions, the people of Delhi have put aside caution. As the number of cases began to decline, people began to leave. In the center of the city’s Connaught Place, people can be seen wandering around wearing masks or hanging on their chins.

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