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COVID Delta variant identified in 124 countries, says WHO

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“It is expected that it will rapidly outcompete other variants and become the dominant circulating lineage over the coming months,” the UN health agency said in its weekly epidemiological update.

The Delta variant is wreaking havoc across the globe and now accounts for more than 75% of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in several countries including India, Bangladesh, Australia, South Africa, Britain, Singapore, Indonesia, Russia, and China among others, as per the report. The US health officials said on Tuesday that the variant of concern accounts for about 83% of cases in the United States, threatening the gains made through the massive vaccination drive.

Over the past week, Indonesia reported the highest number of new COVID-19 cases, followed by Britain, Brazil, India, and the US. Despite a worrying rise in coronavirus cases per capita, the UK has removed virtually all restrictions, prompting experts to warn the country about the impending threat.

The WHO report said that the Delta variant may be able to replicate faster and be more infectious during the early stages of infection.


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