Delta Variant likely causing surge in cases in South Africa
Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has confirmed that the highly infectious Delta variant of Covid-19 is likely behind the current surge in new cases in South Africa, with new data showing that the variant is rapidly becoming the dominant one in the country. The Delta variant has been found to be highly transmissible due to several mutations in the virus. It has spread extremely quickly since its discovery and has now entered 85 countries.
The key symptoms of the virus include headache, sore throat, runny nose and sneezing. These should be monitored on top of other symptoms associated with the Covid-19 coronavirus, such as fever, loss of sense of taste and smell, etc.
While South Africa’s second coronavirus surge was due to Beta variant, experts have said that the variant first found in India is a likely factor in the third wave. The continent’s worst-affected nation in terms of coronavirus cases and deaths, accounts for roughly a third of confirmed infections and more than 40% of the deaths recorded across Africa.
The country’s vaccination drive has been slow and only around 2.4 million people have been immunised since February. On Friday, thousands of opposition activists rallied in Pretoria to demand a faster coronavirus vaccination rollout.
The highly transmissible variant which the experts have termed to be more infectious than other variants is responsible for at least 9-10% of the total new confirmed cases in France, officials said. This is in sharp contrast to 2-4% of the cases seen last week in France.