The discouraging tendency among the elderly population in the State has made Odisha cut a poor figure on the national map
Third Wave may prove dangerous. Delta seen in genomes from hotspots like Cuttack, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda etc
"Delta SARS-CoV-2 efficiently outcompeted the Alpha variant in human lung epithelial cells and primary human airway tissues," wrote researchers from the University of Texas and others in the abstract.
The global number of new cases has been increasing for more than a month, with over 4 million cases reported in the past week - July 26 to August 1, the update said.
The virus variant first identified in India in October 2020 is continuing the spread around the world and has now been detected in 104 countries, he said.
The Delta Covid-19 variant has now been detected in 96 countries, 11 more than last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest update.
India's Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research, effectively neutralises both Alpha and Delta variants of coronavirus, the US' National Institute of Health has said.
The Delta variant is leaps and bounds faster than any other variant known to date. It represents a clear and present danger to the world. This Delta variant surge will not end well for low vaccination areas.
"We were previously told by the scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage) that there would be problems if a variant was 40 per cent to 50 per cent more transmissible."