WHO: Delta Variant to Soon Become World's Dominant Covid Strain



WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday, “last week marked the fourth consecutive week of increasing cases of COVID-19 globally, with increases recorded in all but one of WHO’s six regions. And after 10 weeks of declines, deaths are increasing again. We continue to hear reports from all regions of the world about hospitals reaching capacity.”

The delta variant, he said, “is ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving a new spike in cases and death. Not everywhere is taking the same hit though, we’re in the midst of a growing two-track pandemic where the haves and have-nots within and between countries are increasingly divergent.”

Tedros said, “delta is now in more than 104 countries and we expect it to soon be the dominant COVID-19 strain circulating worldwide. The world is watching in real time as the COVID-19 virus continues to change and become more transmissible. My message today is that we are experiencing a worsening public health emergency that further threatens lives, livelihoods and a sound global economic recovery.”

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