Cuba detected in at least one of its provinces the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which could be associated with greater contagion and a decrease in the age of those infected and with symptoms, while in the United States the authorities they anticipate outbreaks of the new strain in several states where vaccination has been slower.
A cable from the AP agency dated in Havana quotes Ángel Batista Díaz, director of Health of the province of Ciego de Ávila -in central Cuba- explained in a report that the samples taken last week confirmed the presence in four of them of the Delta variant, which was identified in India.
“We do not want to instill panic, but it is important to understand that this variant is highly contagious, it is estimated that 3.5 times more than the rest. International studies indicate that this virulence could modify up to the recommended distance between people ”, said the doctor.
Cuba is experiencing a persistent outbreak of the pandemic nationwide and this weekend had spikes of infections reported in one day, something not seen for more than a year since the disease was detected on the island: 2,698 on Sunday and 2,589 this Monday, informed the National Director of Epidemiology, Francisco Durán.
With them, 184,943 cases are added, of which 1,253 people died due to Covid-19.
According to CNN, the Delta variant, a strain of the new coronavirus believed to be more transmittable and dangerous than others, is likely to break out in some communities in the United States, a health expert told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“It’s not going to be that widespread,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), told the station on Sunday. «It is going to hyper-regionalize. There are certain parts of the country where they are going to have very dense outbreaks ”. Those foci will be those with low vaccination rates and low rates of prior infection, Gottlieb said, as in many southern and rural communities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 46.1% of the total population has been vaccinated against covid-19. Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Wyoming are among the states with the lowest vaccination rates, with less than 35% of their population vaccinated.
The beds that enabled in front of the coronavirus unit of the Moscoso Puello hospital woke up yesterday Monday occupied by patients affected by the virus, after the weekend they remained empty.
“We had at least two days with the triage empty and suddenly yesterday afternoon it began to saturate again,” said Dr. Indhira Jiménez, in charge of the coronavirus unit at the medical center.
He noted that the conditions of those admitted to the front of the unit are depending on oxygen.