‘We are in 4th wave of Covid…’: WHO warns against Delta variant in Middle East

PUBLISHED ON JUL 30, 2021 10:10 AM IST
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  • The delta variant has led to a surge in coronavirus outbreaks triggering a "fourth wave" in the Middle East, where vaccination rates remain low, said the World Health Organization (WHO). In a statement on Thursday, the global health body said: "The circulation of the Delta variant is fuelling the surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths in an increasing number of countries in WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Region. It is now being reported in 15 out of the 22 countries of the Region." "The rapid spread of the Delta variant across the Eastern Mediterranean Region and all other WHO regions is a major cause for concern. The number of new cases and deaths has increased in recent weeks. Most of the new cases and hospitalized patients are unvaccinated people. We are now in the fourth wave of COVID-19 across the Region," said Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. Watch the full video for more details.


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