Delta COVID-19 Variant Ripping Around The World At A Scorching Pace, WHO Chief Warns

WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the Delta COVID-19 variant is spreading rapidly across the globe.

Delta variant of coronavirus is spreading across the world at a scorching pace, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. The chief also highlighted the "devastating outbreaks" caused by the Delta variant of Covid-19 in the second wave of the ferocious coronavirus. "Last week marked the fourth consecutive week of increasing cases of Covid-19 globally," Tedros said at a virtual press conference from Geneva, adding that "after ten weeks of declines, deaths are increasing again."

Delta COVID-19 Variant Is Spreading Rapidly

Stressing on the deadly effects of the coronavirus variants and their roles in causing severe outcomes, Tedros said that the Delta COVID-19 variant, first identified in India in October 2020 is continuing the spread around the world. He went on to say that the virus is currently present in over 104 countries, and is expected to soon be the dominant COVID-19 strain circulating worldwide.

"The Delta variant is ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving a new spike in cases and deaths," Terdos said. He further added, "The variant is especially infecting unprotected and vulnerable people and steadily putting pressure back on health systems."

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Leaders around the world have responded to the new rise in infections in markedly different ways, with countries such as France adopting new restrictions while others easing them. The United Kingdom (UK), for one, still intends to lift all restrictions on July 19.

At Monday's press conference, the WHO chief warned of the danger of easing measures while many countries in the world still lack vaccines for their population. "The current collective strategy reminds me of a firefighting team taking on a forest blaze," he said. "Hosing down part of it might reduce the flames in one area, but while it's smoldering anywhere, sparks will eventually travel and grow again into a rolling furnace." Tedros reiterated his call on governments to share vaccines, adding that "the world should battle together to put out this pandemic inferno everywhere."

(With inputs from Agencies)

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