The coronavirus pandemic is far from over, the delta strain has become dominant in Europe and will become the most common in the world in the coming months. This is stated in a statement published on Friday by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the WHO Regional Office for Europe.
"These observational data show that during the week of June 28 to July 11, Delta was the dominant strain in 19 of the 28 countries that provided sufficient sequencing data. Based on current trends, [can be said to be] the delta variant in the following months will dominate on a global scale, it has already been identified in almost all European countries. It will continue to spread, replacing other variants, unless a new, more competitive virus emerges, "the message says.
"We are far from the end of the pandemic and, unfortunately, in many countries in our region we are seeing a significant increase in cases associated with the spread of the Delta strain," said WHO European Director Hans Kluge. He added that despite all efforts to vaccinate population, "millions remain unvaccinated and therefore risk being hospitalized."