The Covid-19 pandemic continues across the world. Currently, the total number of cases stood at 19,22,81,300 and 41,34,016 fatalities. The Delta variant accounts for an estimated 83 per cent of Covid-19 cases in the US while the Russian government said that over 60 lakh people have been infected in the country since the pandemic began. And Indonesia extended its lockdown till the coming weekend as its Muslim population celebrated a muted and grim Eid al-Adha.
The highly transmissible Delta variant, which has spread to over 100 countries, now accounts for 83 per cent of the new Covid-19 cases in the US, according to The New York Times. “The highly infectious Delta variant now represents 83 percent of sequenced cases in the United States. This is a dramatic increase — up from 50 percent since 3 July,” said Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during the Senate health committee hearing Tuesday.
She further added that the percentage is even higher in regions where the vaccination rates are low. While the new figure comes amid rising Covid cases across the country, hospitalisations and deaths are still low, remaining a fraction of their earlier peaks. As per the New York Times database, the seven-day average now shows nearly 38,000 new daily cases, up from about 11,000 cases in late June. The US has reported 3,50,81,719 Covid cases and 6,25,363 fatalities.