80% of past week’s COVID cases are Delta variant

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AMMAN —  Eight in ten of the past week’s positive cases of COVID-19 were of the Delta variant, Adel Belbeisi, the Ministry of Health’s Secretary General for Epidemiology and Communicable Disease Affairs and the official in charge of the coronavirus file, told Jordan News on Sunday.اضافة اعلان

Last week, Jordan News reported that a national survey was underway to determine just how many cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant were present in Jordan. The variant, which originated in India, features two significant mutations, known as the L452R and E484Q, which make the virus more transmissible and more difficult for the immune system to overcome.

Azmi Mahafzah, a microbiologist and former chair of the national epidemiological committee’s lab committee, told Jordan News last week that he believed that the Delta variant was the “dominant strain” in Jordan.

The highly contagious variant has spread quickly, especially in areas with low rates of vaccination. Preliminary research shows that available COVID-19 vaccines still provide protection against the variant.

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