"Delta COVID variant becoming globally dominant" | Daily News

"Delta COVID variant becoming globally dominant"

The Delta variant of COVID-19, first identified in India, is becoming the globally dominant variant of the disease, the World Health Organization's chief scientist said on Friday.

That's because of its "significantly increased transmissibility," Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the WHO's chief scientist, said during a news conference at the agency's Geneva headquarters. Studies suggest delta is around 60% more transmissible than alpha, the variant first identified in the U.K. that was more contagious than the original strain that emerged from Wuhan, China, in late 2019.

The situation globally "is so dynamic because of the variants that are circulating," she added. (Foreign Agencies)


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