Delta variant on track to be dominant COVID-19 strain in Europe by August: WHO

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    The head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Europe office said on Thursday that a 10-week drop in COVID-19 cases in the region has ended, and warned that a new wave could loom unless people “remain disciplined” and more get vaccinated.

    Dr. Hans Kluge cited a 10 per cent increase in infection numbers over the last week because of “increased mixing, travel, gatherings, and easing of social restrictions.” He cautioned that the highly transmissible Delta variant is on track to be the dominant strain by August in the 53-country region.

    Some 63 percent of people in the region haven’t had a first vaccine jab, he said.

    Catherine Smallwood, WHO’s COVID-19 incident manager, also discussed how large crowds, including from the Euro 2020 tournament, “can act as amplifiers in terms of transmission.”

    “How are people get there? Are they travelling in large, crowded convoys or buses,” she said. “It’s these small introductions, these continuous events that are happening that are driving the spread of the virus.”

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