The more contagious Delta variant of coronavirus now makes up 83% of sequenced samples in the United States, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Tuesday.
“This is a dramatic increase, up from 50% for the week of July 3,” Walensky said in a Senate committee hearing.
Health experts have said the Delta variant is more transmissible than any other identified variant so far. “We should think about the Delta variant as the 2020 version of Covid-19 on steroids,” Andy Slavitt, a former senior adviser to Joe Biden’s Covid Response Team, told CNN last week.
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The more transmissible Delta variant now makes up about 83% of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S., with the vast majority of deaths occurring in unvaccinated people. Deaths from the virus are also rising, with an average of 239 per day over the last week https://t.co/wPMgh5bxcg
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