According to WHO, Delta is becoming the dominant variant of the disease worldwide and was reported in 85 countries.
The highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus is the fastest and fittest coronavirus strain yet, and it will "pick off" the most vulnerable people, especially in places with low COVID-19 vaccination rates, the World Health Organization (WHO) officials warned Monday.
Last month, the WHO had declared Delta a "variant of concern". A variant can be labeled as "of concern" if it has been shown to be more contagious, more deadly or more resistant to current vaccines and treatments.
The WHO said Delta is becoming the dominant variant of the disease worldwide. So far it has been reported in 85 countries and continues to be reported in more places across the globe.
On June 24, US President Joe Biden had called the “dangerous” Delta variant a matter of “serious concern” and said COVID-19 deaths in the USA will continue to rise due to its spread.
Here are the top 10 countries that have been worst affected by the Delta variant:
Dr Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor of White House, said the variant now makes up more than 20 percent of all new cases in the US, a significant increase from nearly 10 percent two weeks ago.
2. United Kingdom
The Delta variant is currently estimated to account for approximately 10 percent of the cases in the country. On June 24, Prime Minister Jean Castex and the country's health minister visited Les Landes, where the variant accounts for 70 percent of infections. Castex said the situation in Les Landes is "difficult but not catastrophic".
Russia on June 24, recorded more than 20,000 new cases and 569 deaths, its highest figures since January, and the Delta variant is responsible for 90 percent of new infections.
Owing to a rise in COVID-19 cases, Portugal has imposed new restrictions for Lisbon and two other areas. On June 24, cabinet minister Mariana Vieira da Silva said the new rules were "an attempt to contain" the Delta variant, which now accounts for more the half of new cases in the capital and the Tagus Valley.
According to Anat Danieli, a health ministry spokeswoman, the Delta variant had been identified in 180 samples as of last June 20. Since last June 19, Israael's rolling seven-day average of new cases has grown from less than 25 to more than 72, according to the Our World in Data project at Oxford University.
The number of COVID-19 infections caused by the Delta variant of the coronavirus has doubled in a week in Germany and is likely to gain more traction over other variants, as per the Robert Koch Institute public health agency.
Robert Koch Institute said according to whole-genome sequencing analysis, it was seen that the Delta variant accounted for 15 percent of infections in addition to "the proportion of variant B.1.617.2 (Delta) continues to increase and the proportion of this VOC (a variant of concern) doubled within one week."
Up to 25 percent of total cases in some Italian regions are linked to the Delta variant, up from just 1 percent registered on May 18, daily Corriere della Sera reported Thursday, according to Pietro Forestieri, president of Ceinge-Biotecnologie Avanzate institute in Naples.
Ireland has witnessed a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks and 20 percent of the new cases can be attributed to the Delta variant. As per a BBC report, about 50 percent of Northern Ireland's COVID-19 cases are now linked to the Delta variant.
Denmark recorded five fresh cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant after the country's Euro 2020 match with Belgium, as per health officials
As per Danish health minister Magnus Heunicke’s tweet about 4,000 people had sat near the five people who have tested positive for the variant. So far, Denmark has reported 247 cases of the Delta variant.