Laboratories confirmed another 72 new cases of the delta variant – Human – Science and Technology

In Slovakia, we confirmed another 72 new occurrences of the SARS-CoV-2 delta variant by routine sequencing.

The majority of cases, ie 63%, were imports from abroad (EU countries and beyond, including popular tourist destinations).

Furthermore, there were close contacts of these persons and there were also cases without a travel history (they were not abroad nor were they in contact with persons who came from abroad). Delta variant has been confirmed predominantly in unvaccinated people.

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“A total of 107 cases have been laboratory confirmed in Slovakia since June 2021 (the first confirmed delta variant). Although the alpha variant still slightly predominates in Slovakia at present, we can expect a further increase in the share of the delta variant, “said Daša Račková, a spokeswoman for the Public Health Office. “Given the speed with which the delta variant spreads, community spread may become more important,” she added.

The symptoms of the delta variant are more similar to the flu, rhinitis or allergy, with mild symptoms they are similar to the common cold. Typical symptoms are headache, sore throat, runny nose and fever or fever. Loss of taste and smell is no longer such a common manifestation, diarrhea can occur. The delta infects younger people more often, who may underestimate the milder symptoms and spread the significantly more infectious variant of the virus.

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“Vaccination is the most effective protection against COVID-19. It is important to respect the set measures at the borders and within the country. It is also necessary to follow the most basic preventive rules – covering the upper respiratory tract, keeping a distance from other people and consistent hand hygiene, “advises the Chief Hygienist of the Slovak Republic Ján Mikas.

Positive samples for SARS-CoV-2 are sequenced in Slovakia by the Public Health Office of the Slovak Republic, the Biomedical Center of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Science Park of Comenius University in Bratislava.

WHO: Delta will become the dominant option in a few months

Within a few months, the highly contagious variant of delta will become the dominant mutation in the new coronavirus worldwide. This was stated on Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to which it has already been recorded in 124 countries and territories.

“The delta is expected to outperform other variants very quickly and become the dominant circulating line (of the new coronavirus) in the coming months,” he said in a regular assessment of the global epidemiological situation published weekly by the UN health agency, according to AFP.

In the last week, the number of countries and territories in which they confirmed the occurrence of the delta variant, originally discovered in India, has increased by 13. In many large countries, including Britain, China, India, Indonesia and Russia, delta variants have already been detected in more than 75 percent analyzed samples.

Other variants of coronavirus, which according to the WHO are of concern, currently include alpha, beta and gamma, which are new designations for the so-called British, South African and Brazilian variants. The most widespread is the alpha variant, which has already been confirmed by 180 countries around the world; followed by beta (130 countries) and gamma (78 countries).

The number of new cases of coronavirus infection worldwide increased by 12 percent in the week ending July 18. The largest increases in infections are currently reported from Indonesia, Britain and Brazil. If the spread of the disease continues at this rate, the total number of cases will exceed 200 million in three weeks, according to the WHO.

(TASR)


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