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WHO lament over increase in Delta Covid-19 variant worldwide

by Nwani Chisom
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The Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Ghebreyesus, has expressed worry over the surge in COVID-19’s delta variant, worldwide which he described as “the most transmissible” mutation to date.

Ghebreyesus during a media briefing disclosed that the delta variant had been identified in at least 85 countries and is “spreading rapidly among unvaccinated populations”.

“As some countries ease public health and social measures, we are starting to see increases in transmission around the world,” he said.

A surge in cases translates to more hospitalisations, which continue to put healthcare workers at higher risks, the WHO chief said.

Ghebreyesus acknowledged that new variants were expected, saying “that’s what viruses do, they evolve” and stressed that by preventing transmission, we can stem the emergence of variants.

“It’s quite simple: more transmission, more variants. Less transmission, fewer variants,” he said.“This is why WHO has been saying for at least a year that vaccines must be distributed equitably, to protect health workers and the most vulnerable,” he concluded.

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