The WHO is tracking the delta sub-variant found in 42 countries to see more transmissible

The WHO is tracking the delta sub-variant found in 42 countries to see more transmissible

Russia suffers another record number of deaths in a single day as it prepares for a week-long lockdown.

The WHO is now closely tracking a subtype of the delta variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 

According to its weekly epidemiological update, the agency is also seeking to determine whether a variant called AY.4.2 is more resistant to human antibodies that fight the virus.

"Epidemiological and laboratory studies are underway to assess whether AY.4.2 confers any."

The update said additional pattern effects (for example, a change in transmissibility or a decrease in the ability of antibodies to face the virus).

The AY.4.2 sub-variable has been detected in 42 countries, with 93% reported from the UK, accounting for about 6% of all delta cases recorded in the week of October 3. Delta variable.

Overall, according to the World Health Organization, new COVID cases rose 4% in the week to October 24 to just over 2.9 million. Europe accounted for 57% of new possibilities and was the only region showing such an increase. Russia and the European country with the highest death toll set another record for deaths for a single day on Thursday when 1.159 people died. The government is now on lockdown for a week to contain the spread of the disease, which is primarily due to a meager vaccination rate, a problem facing neighboring countries and much of Central and Eastern Europe.

The WHO has again warned of the risk that vaccine supplies will not reach Africa, where only five countries are expected to achieve the goal of vaccinating 40% of their population by the end of the year. The problem is expected to be exacerbated by the lack of injections.

"The looming threat of a vaccine commodity crisis looms over the continent. COVID-19 vaccines will begin to flow into Africa early next year, but the scarcity of injections could cripple progress. Strict measures must be taken to increase syringe production rapidly," said Dr. Machidiso. Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, said in a statement: "Myriad African lives depend on it."

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