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COVID-19 delta variant becoming globally dominant strain: WHO Updated: 2021-06-19 14:25:06 KST

Concerns are mounting among health authorities as delta the highly contagious COVID-19 variant is becoming the dominant strain of the disease across the world.

"The whole situation is so dynamic because of the variants that are now circulating, and as you said, the Delta variant is well on its way to becoming the dominant variant globally because of its significantly increased transmissibility."

The World Health Organization's chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan ( ) said on Friday, that delta is around 60 percent more transmissible than the UK variant or alpha.
The UK variant is also known to be more contagious than the original COVID-19 strain.
The delta has now spread to more than 80 countries and continuously mutates as it spreads across borders.
The U.S. CDC said on Wednesday that the variant makes up 10 percent of new cases in the U.S., a sharp increase from the previous week's 6 percent.
However, answering the question as to whether the delta could send the U.S. back into lockdown, U.S. President Joe Biden said it is highly unlikely, highlighting the importance of getting vaccinated.

"It's a variant that is more easily transmissible, potentially deadlier, and particularly dangerous for young people. But the good news is we have the solution[]The best way to protect yourself against these variants is to get fully vaccinated. So please, please. If you have one shot, get the second shot.

And to prevent the spread of the Delta variant, Italy is imposing a mandatory five-day quarantine for all visitors from the UK from June 21st.
This comes as the delta variant now accounts for more than 90 percent of the UK's new COVID-19 cases.
With the daily cases hovering around 7-thousand, the UK has also delayed its easing of lockdown restrictions in England for four weeks until July 19th.
Kim Sung-min, Arirang News
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