It’s been just revealed that the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus which is causing the disease Covid 19 is now lingering in 124 countries, and it will soon become the dominant strain globally in the upcoming months.
This strain is reportedly outcompeting other variants, according to the WHO.
Market Watch online publication notes that “The variant was detected in 13 new countries in the week ending July 18, the agency said in its weekly epidemiological update. The global number of new COVID cases rose by 3.4 million in the week, up 12% from the prior week. The world added an average of 490,000 cases a day, compared with 400,000 cases the week before. The number of fatalities was flat at almost 57,000.”
The cumulative number of cases reported globally is on the rise
There are now more than 190 million confirmed cases of COVID, and more than 4 million people have died of it. The update also revealed the following:
“At this rate, it is expected that the cumulative number of cases reported globally could exceed 200 million in the next three weeks.”
Also, make sure to check out this relevant tweet.
I’m often asked: when will the pandemic end?
We can choose to end it. Our common goal must be to vaccinate 70% of the population of every country by the middle of next year. #AGoal4All
May the #Tokyo2020 torch be a symbol of hope that traverses the planet. https://t.co/Y8Mnk6mvRd pic.twitter.com/rxBgZVsf1o
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) July 21, 2021
Potential cure claims on the rise
In Indonesia, there’s s surge of the Delta covid variant, and there are all kinds of misleading claims about products that are saying they’re cures and preventions for this illness.
Hospitals are struggling to cope with the rising numbers of patients and shortages of oxygen, and people are getting more and more desperate these days.
BBC posted a piece in which they are looking at some of the examples of health misinformation that’s being shared.