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September 13, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Covid Delta variant is impacting younger populations

By Paul Dennis

13 September

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 224,749,000, with more than 4,632,000 deaths reported.

In Mexico, the third wave of Covid-19 cases has resulted in a seven-day average of over 17,400 daily confirmed cases as the country struggles to reduce the burden of the virus, which has resulted in an average daily death count of over 900 deaths in the same period.

In addition, the dramatic increase in cases has resulted in an increasing number of children and adolescents being hospitalized with the disease.

This trend has been observed in recent outbreaks in the US and Indonesia, which, like Mexico, are seeing a significant proportion of new cases attributed to the Delta variant.

Moreover, this trend adds credence to the theory that the Delta variant is impacting younger populations.

Officials predict the spread of Covid-19 in Ukraine to worsen and are currently debating whether to tighten restrictions to mitigate the spread of infection.

Covid-19 transmission in Ukraine has been low throughout the summer, averaging under 2,000 daily confirmed cases between mid-June and mid-August.

However, cases are rising as the average number of daily confirmed cases in the past week was over 3,600.

This increase indicates an increase in Covid-19 transmission in the country, which validates officials’ concerns, notably as cases of the Delta variant have already been reported.

An additional threat to Ukraine’s perilous situation is the high rates of infection in its neighboring countries as the epidemiological situation is deteriorating in Belarus, Romania, and Russia, which have reported rapid increases in daily Covid-19 cases and could catalyze the spread of Covid-19 without further restrictions.

Walter Gabriel, MPH, Epidemiologist at GlobalData Plc.

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