World IFO Institute sees in Delta Variant Danger for Economics
Delta variant 60% more transmissible than Alpha and more vaccine resistant
The Delta (Indian) variant is about 60% more transmissible than the Alpha (Kent) variant and vaccines are less effective against it, Public Health England has said. More than 90% of new COVID-19 cases in the UK are now the Delta variant.The variant, first identified in India, has taken over from the Alpha variant as the most dominant in the UK.Since last week, the number of Delta variant cases across the UK has increased by 243% to 42,323.New PHE research suggests the Delta variant is associated with an approximately 60% increased risk of household transmission compared with the Alpha variant.
The Economic Research Institute IFO warned against a setback in the economic recovery, if the Corona infection numbers rise again because of the new Delta variant.
«The Delta variant is a serious danger to the German economy," said ifo-President Clemens Fuest the news portal T-Online published in a Sunday published interview. Although not everything would be lost if the incidences increased again by the variant, Fuest added. The recovery would be delayed. Especially the areas that have already suffered strongly under the pandemic would be affected again, so the travel industry, restaurants or trade. "Then there was a hard autumn before."
Is a Deadly Surge of the Delta Variant Headed for the U.S.?
The so-called Delta variant of the coronavirus, which was first detected in India and may carry double the risk of hospitalization compared to the Alpha—or U.K. strain—can cause unusual symptoms. Some people have reported hearing loss. Others, severe gastric distress. One Mumbai cardiologist reportedly treated two COVID patients with blood clots so severe, they required amputations of fingers or feet. “Last year, we thought we had learned about our new enemy, but it changed,” Abdul Ghafur, an infectious disease physician at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai, India, told Bloomberg. “This virus has become so, so unpredictable.
After numbers of the Robert Koch Institute for the first June Week, the proportion of Delta variant in Germany had almost doubled within a week to six percent. In the United Kingdom, the infectious variant has taken over the supremacy - although vaccinations are advanced there much further than in Germany. Because of increasing incidences, loosening were stopped there.
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General Does the crisis stop for ticking yet. Without the pandemic, the economy would have grown in the past one and a half years, he said. "Instead, we accumulated a tremendous debt mountain during this time. We will feel the effects of the crisis for a long time. "
The economists of the Munich Institute last shortened their growth forecast for Germany for this year to 3.3 percent - mainly due to bottlenecks in the delivery of pre-products such as chips for the auto industry. The pre-crisis level could reach the economy according to the experts at the beginning of the coming year.
WHO recommends masks -- even for vaccinated people -- because of Delta variant .
As the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus gained traction around the world, the World Health Organization urged vaccinated people to continue to wear masks and social distance, according to reports. "Vaccine alone won’t stop community transmission," Dr. Mariangela Simao, WHO’s assistant director-general for access to medicines and health products, said during a briefing in Geneva, according to CNBC. "People need to continue to use masks consistently, be in ventilated spaces, hand hygiene ... the physical distance, avoid crowding.