Published On: Tue, Jul 20th, 2021

Delta Variant Becoming More Prevalent as COVID-19 Cases Rise: CDC Director

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The Delta variant of the pathogen that causes COVID-19 is becoming more prevalent and now accounts for around 83 percent of all new sequenced cases in the United States, according to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Walensky made the remarks in testimony Tuesday during a Senate hearing on the federal response to the pandemic, which includes tracking new viral mutations. The CDC has “released estimates of variants across the country and predicted the Delta variant now represents 83 percent of sequenced cases,” Walensky said, adding, “This is a dramatic increase up from 50 percent the week of July 3.” “In some parts of the country the percentage is even higher, particularly in areas with low vaccination rates,” Walensky said, adding that areas with “limited vaccination coverage are allowing for the emergence and rapid spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant.” Deemed a “variant …

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