According to a report, diabolical Delta variant has become the main cause of transcending death. The Covid-19 death count has touched 5 million on October 2, putting unvaccinated people in jeopardy. The report stated that 2.5 million deaths were recorded in a year, and the next 2.5 million deaths were recorded in just 236 days. Globally, 8000 deaths have been reported daily (approx), which is five deaths per minute.
The Delta variant, among all the other three variants of COVID-19, also the variant of concern has been found in more than 180 countries, and the others constitute only a small percentage. WHO Technical Lead, Maria Van Kerkhove said, "Less than one percent each of Alpha, Beta, and Gamma are currently circulating. It's really predominantly Delta around the world." Besides, several viruses spreading because Delta "has become fitter, she added… read-more
Experts cautioned that 15 out of 32 Delta sub-lineages of the Covid-19 virus have been found and are evolving in Karnataka. However, experts discovered a reduction in the number of mutations like AY.4 and AY.12. On the other hand, experts from Genomics Surveillance Committee warned that these reductions could be a sign of a virus transformation. An emerging variant in South Africa C.1.2 is a matter of concern, experts added.
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A new study has found that Delta variation doesn't cause more severe illness, even though pediatric hospitalizations in the United States have risen dramatically since the variant became prevalent. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also showed that unvaccinated adolescents were 10 times more likely to be hospitalized than those who were vaccinated. Besides, children aged 12-17 and 0-4 had a greater risk than those aged 5… read-more
Amid the menace of the COVID-19 Delta variant, Japan found a new mutation of the virus on August 31. However, it's the first case in the country and the ninth case in the world. The mutation, N501S, was reported in a person who's already infected with the Delta variant, said Professor Hiroaki Takeuchi at Tokyo MDU Hospital. Besides, its impact on transmissibility is yet to be revealed through further study.
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The Union Health Ministry has confirmed that India has recorded a historic figure of one crore Covid jabs administered to the people until the evening of August 27. This makes it the highest number of vaccinations administered in a single day. "Record vaccination numbers today! Crossing 1 crore is a momentous feat. Kudos to those getting vaccinated and those making the vaccination drive a success," PM Narendra Modi tweeted.
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Pfizer and Moderna, the RNA Covid vaccines, are only 66% effective against the Delta variant, a study published by several US health workers stated. The study previously showed 91% efficacy from December 14, 2020, to April 10, 2021. However, the spread of the delta variant dropped the potency to 66%. "The sustained two-thirds reduction in infection risk underscores the continued importance and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination," the authors… read-more
As many as 30 people across Maharashtra's Nashik have been infected with the Delta variant of COVID-19, District Collector Suraj Mandhare said. He also added that the "samples were sent for genome sequencing to Pune, after which all the samples showed positive for the Delta variant". Most of the infected patients have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, said nodal officer for emergency operation centres, Dr. Anant Pawar.
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Owing to the Delta variant outbreak of Covid-19 in China, the authorities have barred travel and movement as the cases crossed over 500 across 15 provinces and municipalities. In Beijing, train services and subway usage have been detained. Reportedly, 30 new cases have been detected in Tokyo Olympics, one of which is an athlete. Meanwhile, the use of public transport has been curtailed in various areas within the country.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackrey virtually inaugurated Mumbai's first genome sequence laboratory at the Nair hospital to battle the Covid-19 pandemic. The Next-generation Genome Sequence (NGS) is capable of analyzing a large number of samples and give results quickly. "The hospital was set up 100 years ago with the help of philanthropists and today as well, donors have come forward. This is the tradition," Thackrey said.
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