Covid-19 cases are surging due to the transmission of Delta variant in areas where the vaccination coverage is low, quoting World Health Organization (WHO) officials.
“Many of the places around the world where Delta is surging even in countries that at a national level have high levels of vaccination coverage the virus, the Delta variant itself, is really circulating in areas of low level of vaccine coverage and in the context of very limited and inconsistent use of public health and social measures,” said WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove.
Vaccines are clearly preventing increases in severe illness and death from the Delta variant, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan added. The country added 35,178 new coronavirus infections, taking the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,22,85,857, while the national recovery rate improved to 97.52%, the highest since March 2020, according to the Union health ministry.
The death toll climbed to 4,32,519 with 440 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The active cases declined to 3,67,415, the lowest in 148 days, and comprise 1.14 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, the ministry said. Less than 50,000 daily cases have been reported for 52 consecutive days.
The Delta variant of coronavirus is unable to evade the antibodies generated by vaccination, said a study published in the journal Immunity. The study further explains why vaccinated people have largely escaped the worst of the Delta surge.