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New highly infectious Delta coronavirus variant found in Australia

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is a variant of significant concern
13:33, 5 June 2021

Ukraine is getting prepared for the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic
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A new strain of Covid-19 has been found in Australia. It is called Delta and it turned out to be highly contagious. This was reported by Reuters.

"Australia’s Victoria state authorities said on Friday they had detected the highly infectious Delta Covid-19 virus variantfor the first time in the latest outbreak in Melbourne, stoking concerns of a major spike in cases," the statement reads.

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The Delta variant, which has been classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as among the four Covid-19 variants of concern due to evidence that they spread more easily, likely caused the latest devastating outbreak in India.

The Delta variant was detected in two members in a family who travelled to neighbouring New South Wales (NSW) two weeks ago while likely infectious and visited several popular tourist locations in the state's south.

"It is a variant of significant concern," Victoria state Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told reporters in Melbourne. "The fact that it is a variant different to other cases it means it is not related, in terms of transmission, with these cases."

Over the last 24 hours, Ukrainian doctors confirmed 1,897 new cases of Covid-19, including 91 children and 65 healthcare workers.

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