The delta strain is the main reason for the increase in the number of coronavirus infections in the world. This was stated by the Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the opening of the meeting of the WHO emergency committee to assess the situation with COVID-19 in the world.
“The delta variant is one of the main driving elements of the current increase in infections, it is fueled by increased social interaction and movement of people, as well as the inconsistent use of proven social and public health measures,” Gebreyesus said.
According to him, in some regions, such as Europe and North America, vaccination has had a positive impact on reducing the level of deaths and infections. However, last week was the fourth in a row when the number of cases of COVID-19 is growing in the world “in all but one WHO region”.
“After 10 weeks of decline, the mortality rate is also growing,” he concluded.
Earlier, Gebreyesus said that the world is at the initial stage of a new wave of a pandemic. He stressed the “shocking” inequality of access to vaccines in the world, noting that most of the world’s population is “completely dependent on the virus” due to the lack of opportunity to be vaccinated.