The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the spread of the highly contagious delta mutation puts us at risk of losing our hard-won gains in the fight against COVID-19.
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said in a video press briefing on the 30th local time that there has been an 80% increase in COVID-19 cases in most parts of the world over the past four weeks.
In particular, in Africa, where the vaccination rate is only 1.5%, the death toll has increased by 80% in the past four weeks.
He said the increase was being driven by delta mutations found in at least 132 countries, he said.
Maria Van Kerkhover, technical team leader at the briefing, said the delta variant was found to be about 50 percent more contagious than the initial variants of the coronavirus.
“The virus has adapted to spread faster and better from person to person,” said Michael Ryan, head of the WHO’s emergency response team.
“All vaccines approved for emergency use by the WHO, including the delta mutation, provide meaningful protection from the severity and hospitalization associated with all mutations,” he said.
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