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Fourth wave of Covid-19 hits Middle East

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Published: 16:42, 30 July 2021  
Fourth wave of Covid-19 hits Middle East

The delta variant of the coronavirus has now triggered a fourth wave of the pandemic in the Middle East, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, adding that the surge in Covid-19 infections and deaths is primarily being reported among people who are yet to be vaccinated.

"The rapid spread of the Delta variant across the Eastern Mediterranean Region and all other WHO regions is a major cause for concern," said Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO regional director for the eastern Mediterranean. "We are now in the fourth wave of Covid-19 across the region."

The delta variant of the coronavirus has now been reported in 15 out of 22 countries in the Middle East, according to WHO.

Most of the new Covid-19 cases and hospitalised patients are unvaccinated. The low rate of vaccination in the region, coupled with the increased transmissibility of the delta variant of the coronavirus, remains a major cause for concern.

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