An aggressive mutation of the Delta coronavirus has been recorded in Ukraine. According to the forecast of the Ministry of Health, the number of people infected with this variant of Covid-19 may increase in the country in the near future. The first cases of infection in Kyiv have already been confirmed.
Strain Delta (B.1.617.2) was first discovered in India in December 2020. Now it has become one of the most dangerous strains of coronavirus circulating around the world.
This is arguably the most contagious option. Research shows it is 40-60% more infectious than Britain's Alpha. In addition, the strain may be more likely to infect people who are only partially vaccinated and increases the risk of hospitalization. Delta has several mutations that give it an edge over others.
We have collected for you the latest news on the fight against the Delta strain, information where it has already spread, research by scientists. The data is constantly updated.
Growth in the number of deaths in Ukraine
In Ukraine, 984 new confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus were recorded per day. Over the past 24 hours, the virus has taken the lives of 43 Ukrainians.
Also today, 509,400 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in Ukraine, donated by Denmark. The vaccine batch was transferred to Ukraine using the global COVAX mechanism. The doses of the vaccine provided by the Danish government are planned to be used to vaccinate those who have already received the first dose, as well as to carry out vaccinations at vaccination points.
China restricts transportation and vaccinates students
China is blocking transport links between provinces as it battles the Delta strain coronavirus outbreak.
In addition to various isolation measures, Nanjing and Yangzhou canceled all domestic flights, and Beijing suspended 13 train lines and stopped ticket sales. Zhengzhou requires all people to test negative in order to leave the city. In Beijing, residential areas are closed to mass testing.
China has also expanded vaccinations to include schoolchildren between the ages of 12 and 17, the BBC reports. In several provinces, schoolchildren are already receiving injections.
New York will require vaccination certificates
New York will be the first in the United States to demand vaccination certificates when visiting public places, the Associated Press reports.
The order will come into force on August 16 and will concern visits to catering establishments, gyms, and entertainment centers. The order came a day after the mayor ordered all new employees to provide a certificate of vaccination on the first day at a new job.
Europe is preparing for revaccination due to the Delta strain
The European Commission is preparing to launch a campaign to revaccinate the population with a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Decisions will be made on a scientific basis, the EC is awaiting the opinion of the EMA.
So, in May, for this, another contract was signed with BioNTech-Pfizer for 1.8 billion doses, for the same reason, an option of 150 million doses was provided in addition to the contract with Moderna.
Tunisia lacks oxygen
Tunisia is seeing a surge in Covid-19: vital oxygen is running out. The families of the patients are desperate to seek oxygen on their own.
The market price for oxygen has more than doubled. Traders have purchased supplies of oxygen and other medications and are selling them at inflated prices. Renting an oxygen concentrator can now cost up to $ 200 per week.
In addition, hospital and field hospital beds ran out.
The risk of the vaccinated being infected with Covid-19 is three times lower than that of the unvaccinated
A British study found that fully vaccinated people are three times less likely to test positive for Covid-19 than unvaccinated people.
Fully vaccinated people are less likely than unvaccinated people to pass the virus on to others. They have a lower viral load (they sneeze and cough less) and shed less virus.
These results support the data showing that both vaccine doses provide good protection against infection.
Growth in the number of infections in Ukraine
In Ukraine, the number of new cases of coronavirus infection has significantly increased per day - 827 (compared to yesterday's 265). 26 patients have died from the coronavirus. So far, there are no signs of an outbreak in Ukraine, the Ministry of Health said.
The head of the State Consumer Service of Kyiv, Oleg Ruban, said that the Kyiv authorities had been preparing for a strict quarantine for three weeks. In the fall, an increase in the incidence of Covid-19 is expected in the capital.
Meanwhile, Dnipro is trying to encourage the vaccination process - the vaccinated will be issued travel cards and cinema tickets.
The Philippines to extend the curfew
The country's capital, Manila, will extend nighttime curfews to combat a potential spike in Delta Covid-19 cases.
Wuhan to conduct mass testing for Covid-19
In the Chinese city of Wuhan, the entire population (11 million people) will be tested after several positive cases of coronavirus were found there. There have been seven cases of local transmission.
Germany to give third dose
From September, Germany will start offering a third dose of Pfizer / BioNTech or Moderna vaccines against Covid-19 amid concerns about the spread of the Delta variant. Elderly people at risk should be revaccinated due to a reduced immune response.
Vaccination will also be simplified for children aged 12 to 17 by opening all vaccination centers in the country for children, as well as providing the opportunity to be vaccinated in regular clinics.
Violators of quarantine will be disgraced in Japan
Japan has threatened to publicly "name and shame" people who do not follow controls after returning from abroad, revealing the names of three people who violated the rules.
The three named Japanese planned to avoid contact with the authorities after returning from abroad. Japan asks all travelers from abroad to quarantine for two weeks.