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WHO: 99% of new cases of COVID-19 fall on the delta strain

11/17/2021 - 06:21

The WHO estimates that 99% of global COVID-19 infections in the past 60 days have occurred in the delta variant of the coronavirus. The number of infections over the world has been rising for the past four consecutive weeks.

Mstyslav Chernov
Mstyslav Chernov
Of the 900 000 cases of coronavirus infections reported worldwide over the past 60 days, 99% came from the strain codenamed delta. This was reported by World Health Organisation (WHO) technical manager for COVID-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, during a question-and-answer session on social media, reports CNBC.

"Delta has a stronghold. We also kept an eye on two other versions of interest, mu and lambda, but if delta is present, delta takes over "CNBC spoke with Van Kerkhove. She went on to say that the number of instances has been growing for four weeks in a row throughout the world. Meanwhile, the EU recorded more than half of the roughly 50,000 deaths caused by COVID-19 in the last week.

"Right now, the epidemic is going in the wrong direction," Van Kerkhove added. She cautioned that in the Northern Hemisphere this winter, a failure to wear masks and social separation might lead to a rise in respiratory infections, including influenza, in the coming months.

On Monday, November 15th, Germany established a seven-day average of 39 300 new cases each day. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, this is about 40% higher than the previous week. For the week, there were more than 38,500 new cases in the United Kingdom (up 13 percent on the previous week). In France and Italy, seven-day averages were over 40% higher.


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