Global progress stymied by the Delta variant
Islam News – The Delta variant is proving to be a stubborn hurdle in the fight against the coronaviru.
As the U.S. heads into its second pandemic summer, President Biden warned that the variant is spreading in states with low vaccination rates. The World Health Organization’s chief scientist said on Friday that Delta was becoming the globally dominant variant of the disease, Reuters reports.
Russian virologists say that the Delta variant is now the most prevalent version in Moscow. The mayor, Sergey Sobyanin, told local media on Friday that 89.3 percent of all new coronavirus cases in the city involve the variant. Case numbers have tripled over the past two weeks and city officials have added 5,000 hospital beds.
In England, “freedom day,” when the last remaining coronavirus restrictions had been scheduled to end, was delayed until July 19 after a spike in Delta cases. Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed confidence that the curbs would be lifted next month but added that “at a certain stage, we are going to have to learn to live with the virus and to manage it as best we can.”
Source: The New York Times