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There is now an increase in cases of coronavirus infection in the world, which may lead to an increase in mortality.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus has named the most contagious mutation of the coronavirus. He spoke about this at a daily briefing in Geneva.

The most infectious of all is the delta strain, which has been identified in half of the world’s countries and is rapidly spreading among the unvaccinated population.

Gebreyesus noted that there is now an increase in cases of coronavirus infection in the world, which may lead to an increase in mortality.

Earlier, the World Health Organization said in its weekly epidemiological update on the pandemic that

It has become evident that greater public health risks are currently associated with B.1.617.2 [SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant], while lower rates of transmission of other lineages have been observed

According to the WHO’s representative to Russia Melita Vujnovic, Delta Plus, the new covid strain, which several experts say is more infectious, needs to be addressed with vaccination and safety measures such as wearing face masks.

Vaccination plus masks, because just a vaccine is not enough with ‘Delta.’ We need to make an effort over a short period of time, otherwise there would be a lockdown

Vujnovic said on the live YouTube show.

WHO, earlier this month, included the Delta variant in its list of variants of concern as the strain became prevalent and has caused a resurgence of Covid-19 cases in several countries.

India has also reported multiple cases of the Delta Plus strain, which was first discovered in March.

According to Dr N K Arora, chairman of COVID-19 Working Group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) in India:

Delta plus is having greater affinity to mucosal lining in the lungs, higher compared to other variants, but if it causes damage or not is not clear yet. It also does not mean that this variant will cause more severe disease or it is more transmissible

If a large proportion is infected then in the next wave people can develop a common cold like illness but may not develop a serious or fatal illness

Authorities and scientists around the world fear it could lead to a serious outbreak, spreading faster than its original version.

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