NEW YORK: The Delta variant, first detected in India, made up more than 6% of Covid-19 cases tested for viral variants in New York, according to official data from the city’s health department.
The New York City Department of Health said in its recent update that of the 105 NYC Covid-19 cases tested for variant viruses for the week ending June 5, the Delta variant (B.1.617 .2) constituted 6.7%.
“Currently, B.1.1.7 (Alpha) and B.1.526 (Iota) are the most common variants in the city. We are also closely monitoring P.1 (Gamma) and B.1.617.2 (Delta), which have spread rapidly in the United States and other countries, ”the New York Department of Health said.
The Alpha variant made up 36.2% (38 cases) of the 105 NYC Covid-19 cases tested for variant viruses for the week ending June 5, while the Iota variant was found in 4.8% of cases (5 ) and Gamma in 17.1%. case (18). The number of Covid-19 cases with the Delta variant was seven.
The update further states that in the past four weeks, the Delta variant was seen in 5.6% of the cases tested.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday the daily number of people admitted to New York hospitals on suspicion of Covid-19 stood at 68, confirmed positivity is 8.22%, the rate hospitalization rate of 0.42 per 100,000.
“New cases reported on average over seven days, today’s report 186 cases. Percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 citywide, today’s report as a seven-day moving average of 0.57%, ”he said.
As of June 17, the total number of tests performed in New York City stood at 12,336 and the cumulative number of Covid-19 tests performed stood at 5,884,069.
According to cumulative Covid-19 data in New York since the city’s first confirmed case was diagnosed on February 29, 2020, the number of confirmed cases stood at 785,822 and the probable cases stood at 167,254 and the number total deaths was 33,370, including 28,282 confirmed Covid -19 deaths and 5,088 probable deaths with cause of death listed as Covid-19 or similar.
So far, 54.1% of New York City residents have been vaccinated with at least one dose and 47.8% are fully vaccinated.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the Delta variant is becoming the dominant variant globally due to its dramatically increased transmissibility.
“The whole picture is so dynamic due to the variants that are circulating now and … the Delta variant is fast becoming the dominant variant globally due to its dramatically increased transmissibility,” said Soumya Swaminathan, scientist. chief of the World Health Organization, question during a press briefing on Friday.
According to the weekly Covid-19 epidemiological update released by the WHO on June 15, the Delta variant is now being reported in around 80 countries around the world.
12 other countries and areas “report detection of B.1.617 without further specification of lineage at this time”.
The B.1.617.2 Delta variant was first detected in India around October 2020.
Swaminathan said there was a need for more data from well-designed studies on the effectiveness of different vaccines used in different countries against the different variants.
She added that there has to be a study in place that uses good design, or a randomized trial or studies when rolling out a vaccine in a country to see what happens when people have a dose of the vaccine. or two doses of the vaccine. and see how many are infected and end up hospitalized and become seriously ill.
“This is something that we are very carefully monitoring and documenting and we now have a special expert group that has been set up to exactly track the performance of vaccines and their effectiveness when used at the population level by. compared to variants.
“It also means countries need to do sequencing, along with documenting vaccine efficacy. We need to expand sequencing, ”said Swaminathan, adding that through this information, experts can start to get strong evidence on vaccine performance.