We Are In Early Stages Of the Third Wave, Says WHO; Delta Variant Is A Major Threat

by Shatakshi Gupta

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the start of the third wave in the world. The organization’s chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned the countries on Wednesday that we have entered the initial phase of the third wave of Corona. Dr. Tedros reiterated that vaccine alone will not stop the pandemic. Countries have to show alacrity to deal with this. In the past, many countries have also shown that this virus can be stopped.

Notably, the danger of the Third wave is visible in India too. The complacent behaviour of people and rising cases of delta variant might turn the fear into reality.

The death rate is rising again:

 According to the UN, health experts have raised the alarm over the recent increase in corona cases and deaths. Daily cases had earlier declined as vaccination coverage increased in Europe and North America. The media wing of the United Nations says that there has been an increase in corona cases across the world for the fourth consecutive week. After a 10-week decline, the deaths rate has also started rising again.

The mutation is a big challenge:

The WHO chief said that the virus is constantly changing itself.  With its new emerging variants, it is becoming more contagious. He told that the delta variant has now reached more than 111 countries. It may soon spread all over the world. The alpha variant of the virus has been found in 178 countries, beta in 123 countries and gamma in 75 countries.

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Increasing cases in the world:

At present, Brazil is recording the maximum number of daily new cases in the world. In the last 24 hours, this number was more than 52 thousand. 3.49 lakh cases were found here last week.

If we talk about the past 7 days, there has been a decline of 14% in new cases in Brazil. Similarly, India has also witnessed a fall of 8% in daily new cases. However, during this period, cases have increased by 45% in Indonesia, 28% in Britain, 69% in America, 61% in Spain.

In terms of death, Brazil reported the maximum number of deaths, more than 10 thousand, in the last 7 days. India is at the forefront of deaths in the Asian region. More than 5600 deaths have been registered here during the same period. It is followed by Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Complacent behaviour poses a big threat:

After months of lockdown, many states are easing restrictions, markets are opening, due to which the risk of the third wave has become more prominent. On contrary, the pace of vaccination has also started slowing down in the country.

The second wave is not over in 20% of the districts, most of the cases in the country are being found in 20% of the districts.  Here the effect of the second wave has not ended yet.

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