The rate of spread of the strain has increased significantly - one such infected person can infect 5-8 people on average. 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.
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.
We have collected for you the latest news on the fight against coronavirus in Ukraine and other countries of the world. The data is constantly updated.
Lyashko announced positive results in vaccination
Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said that after three months of growth, Ukraine has reached a plateau of hospitalizations due to Covid-19. At the same time, the incidence was recorded at high numbers.
"The rate of vaccination in Ukraine is bringing the first positive results. For the sixth day in a row, the level of hospitalizations in Ukraine is on a plateau after more than three months of growth," said Lyashko.
According to him, thanks to vaccinations in the last week, 1,238 lives were saved, but these are only the first results.
Due to queues near vaccination points, the Ministry of Health will hold a conference call with the regions to ensure the smooth operation of the points
"We have all seen the queues that form on weekends near mass vaccination centers. Today, at the selector, we will consider this issue again, since the order of the state commission on emergency situations was clear: to ensure that all vaccination points and mass vaccination centers work on weekends, taking into account the projected increase demand before the introduction of the red level of epidemic danger," said Lyashko.
First day of lockdown in Kyiv
In Kyiv, which since Monday, November 1, moved to the "red" zone in the morning, it is impossible to recognize: in the metro and minibuses, instead of a hustle at rush hour, half-empty salons, there are almost no queues at the entrance to the metro. The reason is the requirement for at least 1 dose of the Covid-19 vaccine or a fresh coronavirus test. If they are not there and the passenger is caught by a police raid, you will have to pay a 650 USD fine.
On the other hand, the roads of the capital have fettered traffic jams, and popular taxi call apps have doubled their prices due to increased demand.
The decline in new cases of coronavirus
In Ukraine over the past day, 13,936 new cases of coronavirus infection were detected, another 298 people died.
The largest number of confirmed cases was registered in Odesa (1281), Kharkiv (1227), Lviv (1166), Zaporizhya (895), and Dnipropetrovsk (867) regions.
Only two areas are "yellow"
Now in the "red" zone in Ukraine there are already 15 regions and Kyiv:
There are two regions in the "yellow" quarantine zone: Kirovohrad and Zakarpattia regions.
Thailand reopens to vaccinated tourists
After 18 months of restrictions due to the coronavirus, Thailand is again open to vaccinated tourists.
Effective November 1, Thai authorities will allow vaccinated tourists from more than 60 low-risk countries not to go to hotel isolation. Previously vaccinated tourists had to go through at least seven days of quarantine in hotels.
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the kingdom's economy: tourism accounts for nearly 20% of its national income.
UK: "booster" without a record
Covid booster shots are now being given in clinics in England. Starting Monday, anyone in the eligible group who received a second dose of coronavirus vaccine at least six months ago can go to the hospital without an appointment.
People eligible for re-injection are people aged 50+, people living and working in nursing homes; medical and social workers; people aged 16 and over with a medical condition that puts them at high risk of serious Covid-19 disease; people aged 16 and over who primarily care for those at high risk of contracting the virus; and people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more susceptible to infections.