Delta now dominant Covid variant in most of Europe, warn WHO and ECDC

Delta is now the dominant variant of Covid-19 in most of Europe, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Monday. Along with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the WHO said that efforts to prevent transmission of the Delta variant must be reinforced.

According to the WHO’s Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe), surveillance data from the period between June 28 and July 11 shows that Delta was the dominant variant of SARS-CoV-2 in at least 19 of the 28 European countries that reported sufficient genetic sequencing information.

In these 19 countries, the median proportion of Delta variant detected in samples sent for genetic sequencing was 68.3 per cent. In comparison, the previously dominant Alpha variant was found in only 22.3 per cent of the samples.

This indicates that Delta has now overtaken Alpha as the dominant variant of Covid-19 in most of Europe.

Experts have already confirmed the presence of the highly transmissible Delta variant in nearly all European countries.

Delta could emerge as dominant global variant
Even in the United States, Delta variant accounts for about 83 per cent of all new Covid-19 infections, according to reports.

If current trends continue, Delta will emerge as the globally dominant variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the weeks to come.

The variant will continue to spread, displacing the circulation of other variants unless the virus mutates further to form a new and more competitive strain.

First detected in India in October of 2020, Delta (B.1.617.2) was identified as one of the major factors driving the second wave of Covid-19 infections that devastated the country earlier this year.

Quoting microbiologist Sharon Peacock, news agency Reuters reported, “The biggest risk to the world at the moment is simply Delta.”

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