WORLD: The World Health Organisation(WHO) announced that the global new coronavirus cases grew by at least 12% over the past week with almost all regions reporting a hike in infections.
The reason for the sudden hike is due to the mushrooming delta variant, a dominant coronavirus strain which has now infected 124 countries worldwide.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that the pandemic is a test which the world is failing. The nationwide failure to share vaccines, test and treatments are feeding a two-track pandemic. The higher the rate of transmission, the more complex and dangerous the variant will become – this is seen in the devastation caused by the delta variant.
The delta variant currently accounts for more than 75% of sequenced virus samples. The French Prime Minister had on Wednesday stated that the delta variant is currently dominating France with more than 18,000 new cases reported. The delta variant is highly more transmissible than the original version of the virus.
A recent study in China during the delta variant outbreak has shown that it is able to replicate faster and is more contagious during the early stages of infection. Research in Canada on the other hand found a heightened risk of hospitalisation, ICU admission and death associated with the Delta variant. – THE WASHINGTON POST
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