In its COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update as on June 29, the WHO said cases of the Delta variant have been reported in 96 countries and “though this is likely an underestimate as sequencing capacities needed to identify variants are limited”.
“A number of these countries are attributing surges in infections and hospitalisations to this variant,” the WHO said, adding, “A number of these countries are attributing surges in infections and hospitalisations to this variant.”
The WHO warned that the Delta variant is “expected to rapidly outcompete other variants”.
“Given the increase in transmissibility, the Delta variant is expected to rapidly outcompete other variants and become the dominant variant over the coming months,” the WHO said in its weekly report. The WHO also noted that the tools that exist today to combat the coronavirus — individual, community level-public health and social measures, infection prevention and control measures that have been used since the beginning of the pandemic — remain effective against current variants of concern (VOCs), including the Delta variant.
“Although the increased transmissibility of VOCs [Variants of Concern] means that measures may need to be maintained for longer period of time, particularly in a context of low vaccination coverage, these measures must be targeted, time-bound, reinforced and supported by member states,” the WHO report said.
– YAHOO NEWS