Indian experts draw attention: the Delta strain infects single-dose vaccinees and patients with coronavirus. Its contagiousness is 50% higher than the so-called British version.
In today’s report, experts from India, scientists from the SARS-CoV-2 Genetics Consortium and the National Center for Control, are calling for global action to protect against the delta variant and to limit its spread. The appeal says:
“Previous infection (…) and partial vaccinations are not sufficient to prevent its spread, as happened in New Delhi, and a strong global health response is needed to reduce it.”
The Delta strain has already been identified in over 50 countries. In India itself, the number of new cases is declining dynamically in large cities, but is still high in rural areas, where the second wave of coronavirus is in full swing. Experts are calling for an intensified vaccination campaign to cope with new outbreaks.
The current government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been harshly criticized for the slowness and ineffectiveness of measures against the pandemic. Government officials, relying on the support of doctors and experts, believe that only vaccination will help partially restore economic activity, since the isolation of the country has been going on for several weeks.
However, some states have already begun to loosen restrictions. In Gujarat, for example, shops and some commercial establishments are now opening for a longer period than before. Capital Economics Singaporean economist Darren Oh says:
“As states are cautious about opening up, the recovery from this wave of the epidemic will be more gradual than last year. But the slow vaccination campaign means that the rapid discovery will increase the threat of new waves of the epidemic, possibly with more infectious strains. ”
As of today, 132,364 new cases of coronavirus have been registered in the country in the last 24 hours, and 2,714 people have died. This is the lowest figure in the last year. According to official data from the Ministry of Health, during the entire period of the pandemic, 340,702 people became victims, 28.6 million people were infected. Real indicators, according to experts, are much higher.