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Only Volkswagen, Volvo doing enough to electrify in Europe - study
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Nick Carey | ) + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - Among the major carmakers, Volkswagen and Volvo are doing enough to electrify their vehicle lineups in Europe and the EU needs to set tougher CO2 emission limits if it wants to meet Green Deal targets, according to a climate group’s study. This summer, the European Union is expected to announce more ambitious CO2 targets; by 2030, the average CO2 emissions of new cars should be 50% below 2021 levels, versus the existing target of 37.5%. Volkswagen aims to have 55% group-wide BEV sales in Europe by 2030, while Swedish carmaker Volvo, owned by China’s Geely says its lineup will be fully electric by then. Based on IHS Markit car production forecasts, according to the study from European campaign group Transport and Environment (T&E), Volkswagen and Volvo have “aggressive and credible strategies” to shift from fossil-fuel cars to electric vehicles. Others like Ford Motor Co have set ambitious targets, “but lack a robust plan to get there,” T&E said.
Persons: China’s Geely, , Ford, BEV, India’s Tata, carmakers, ” Julia Poliscanova, emobility Organizations: Reuters, Volkswagen, Volvo, Green Deal, European, Swedish, IHS, Transport, Ford Motor, BMW, Jaguar, Rover, Daimler AG, Toyota, Daimler, India’s, India’s Tata Motors Locations: Europe, EU, European Union
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) did not publish a survey where India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party came in fourth place among the world’s most corrupt parties. 4 in the list of the most corruption political party of aa (sic) time!”The table appears to be entitled, “Top 10 corrupt political parties in the world 2017.” No such article appears on the BBC’s website, however (here). A review of BBC content shows the media organization produced a list here ranking corruption around the globe in 2010. They traced the screenshot to a now-suspended website called “BBC News Hub” mimicking the BBC seen archived (here). The BBC did not publish a survey declaring India’s BJP as one of the most corrupt political parties in the world.
Persons: , Leonie Martin, Narendra Modi, India’s, Read Organizations: British Broadcasting Corporation, Bharatiya Janata Party, BBC, , Reuters, BJP, Indian, India’s BJP Locations: “ BJP, India
The so-called delta variant of the coronavirus now accounts for nearly 10 percent of new cases in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The alpha variant was first detected in the United Kingdom, and in April, it became the dominant strain in the U.S.Data for the two-week period ending June 5 predicts that the delta variant accounts for 9.9 percent of cases in the U.S., the CDC said. Still, there is evidence that the vaccines in use in the U.S. are effective against this and other circulating variants. Two doses are required for the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires just one. Because the delta variant is able to spread from person to person more easily, experts say those who have not had the vaccine remain especially vulnerable.
Persons: Johnson, Boris Johnson, Gregory Poland Organizations: Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Monday, CDC, NBC News, Data, Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson, Public Health, Vaccine Research, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: United States, India, United Kingdom, U.S, Mayo, Rochester , Minnesota
Most of those currently in hospital with COVID-19 in Britain are unvaccinated, health officials say. The picture looks similar in North America, where hospitals have reported that the majority of their COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated (here , here , here). Preliminary data from a study at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, found that most people hospitalised for coronavirus weren’t fully vaccinated. Of those patients, 99% were not fully vaccinated,” Eduardo Mireles, director of the medical intensive care unit, said in a statement released by the hospital (here). Unvaccinated people are much more vulnerable to catching - and becoming seriously ill from - COVID-19.
Persons: Johnson, Chris Hopson, India –, coronavirus weren’t, we’ve, ” Eduardo Mireles, Read Organizations: Pfizer, Oxford, AstraZeneca, Moderna, NHS, Cleveland Clinic, Reuters Locations: Britain, COVID, Moderna, Bolton –, India, North America, Cleveland Clinic , Ohio
Man who fathered 94 children with 39 wives dies in India
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Zeerak Khurram | ) + 0.82   time to read: +2 min
A man thought to have been the head of the world's largest family — with 39 wives and 94 children, according to Reuters — has died in northeast India, according to officials. Adnan Abidi / ReutersAccording to Reuters, the sect, named "Chana," was founded by Chana's grandfather in 1942 and counts hundreds of families as members. Chana married his first wife when he was 17, and claimed he once married ten wives in a single year. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsDespite his family's huge size, Chana told Reuters in a 2011 interview he wanted to grow it even bigger. Winston Blackmore, the head of a polygamous Mormon sect in Canada, by contrast, has around 150 children from 27 wives — 178 people in total.
Persons: Reuters —, Ziona Chana, Chana, Ziona Chanda, Adnan Abidi, Chana's, Winston Blackmore, Organizations: Reuters, Twitter, NBC, BBC Locations: India, Mizoram, Baktawng, Canada
WHY HAVE GLOBAL EDIBLE OIL PRICES RALLIED SO MUCH? Palm oil prices, the most widely consumed edible oil, also rallied 18% in 2020 after COVID-19 lockdowns curbed output from plantations in Southeast Asia. Vegetable oil is India’s third-biggest import item after crude oil and gold. It imported the rest, buying around 7.2 million tonnes of palm oil from Indonesia and Malaysia, about 3.4 million tonnes of soyoil from Brazil and Argentina, and 2.5 million tonnes of sunflower oil, mainly from Russia and Ukraine. Soaring vegetable oil prices have further hit people already reeling from record fuel prices and lower incomes due to a devastating second wave of COVID-19 infections.
Organizations: U.S . Department of Agriculture, Benchmark Locations: DELHI, India, COVID, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Europe, Indonesia, soyoil, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, Ukraine
FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Amazon postal package is placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) initiated a probe in January last year on the basis of a complaint alleging Amazon and Flipkart promoted select sellers on their e-commerce platforms and that deep discounts stifled competition. Amazon declined to comment. While arguing to restart the probe, the CCI told a court in Karnataka state that the Reuters report corroborated evidence here. The antitrust body will examine the Reuters report and could use it as part of its investigation, one of the people said.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Flipkart, Organizations: Inc, Walmart, REUTERS, Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc, of India, Google, Alphabet Inc, MakeMyTrip, Reuters Locations: DELHI, India, Karnataka, Indian
Most other emerging Asian currencies traded flat to slightly lower as the U.S. dollar held steady and Treasury yields recovered from three-month lows ahead of a much anticipated Federal Reserve meeting. The Monetary Authority of Singapore on Monday released a survey which forecast the country's 2021 gross domestic product to expand more than expected. In the Philippines, the peso fell 0.4% to a more than two-week low and was set for its worst day since Feb. 25 after President Rodrigo Duterte extended restrictions on Monday. The U.S. central bank could shed more light on its next policy steps, including when it will begin tapering its bond buying programme and tighten ultra-easy monetary settings. The Indonesian rupiah lost 0.3% as it continued to hand back some recent gains before a Bank Indonesia (BI) meeting on Thursday.
Persons: Shashwat Awasthi, Rodrigo Duterte, Nicholas Mapa, Mapa, Shashwat, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: U.S ., Monetary Authority of Singapore, Monday, ING, U.S, U.S . Federal, Bank Indonesia, Singapore STI, Singapore Exchange, Thai Beverage, Trust, FX Locations: Singapore, Philippine, Philippines, U.S ., U.S, Manila, Indonesia's, Asia, Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Bengaluru
Indian shares hit record highs as Asian peers gain; Fed meeting eyed
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: A man walks out of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, February 28, 2020. Broader Asian markets tracked overnight gains on Wall Street, with investors looking to a much-anticipated Federal Reserve policy meeting to see if the central bank would signal any change to the U.S. monetary policy outlook. Many investors expect the Fed to maintain its dovish stance at its two-day meeting from Tuesday. In Mumbai trading, Reliance Industries Ltd and HDFC Ltd were the top performers on the Nifty 50, adding 0.6% and 0.5%, respectively. Shares of Reliance have gained in the last five consecutive trading sessions.
Persons: Hemanshi Organizations: Bombay Stock Exchange, REUTERS, U.S, BSE, Reliance Industries Ltd, HDFC, Reliance Locations: Mumbai, India, BENGALURU, U.S . Federal
Indian shares close at record highs as pandemic curbs ease, cases fall
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
BENGALURU (Reuters) - Indian shares ended at record highs on Tuesday, as declining COVID-19 infections prompted many states to re-open businesses, with a rally in broader markets also helping the sentiment. FILE PHOTO: A man walks out of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Hemanshi Kamani/File photoThe blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index rose 0.36% to 15,869.25 and the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex climbed 0.42% to 52,773.05 at close. The Nifty Bank Index and the Nifty Private Bank Index, which have so far gained more than 0.55% this week, were among the top performers across sub-indexes rising between 0.85% and 1.07%. Software services firm Infosys Ltd rose 0.8%, lifting the Nifty IT index by 0.23%.
Persons: Hemanshi Organizations: Bombay Stock Exchange, REUTERS, BSE, U.S . Federal Reserve, ICICI Bank Ltd, HDFC Bank, Bank, Software, Infosys, Retail Locations: BENGALURU, Mumbai, India, New Delhi
The peso slid as much as 0.4% to a more than two-week low and was on track for its worst day since April 7. Stocks in Manila, which have rallied more than 4% so far this month, gave up 0.2%. The Philippines has the second highest number of infections and casualties in Southeast Asia after Indonesia and finds its healthcare sector stretched as it battles rising cases. The U.S. dollar held steady on Tuesday and U.S. Treasury yields recovered from three-month lows, leading most emerging Asian currencies to trade roughly flat to slightly lower. Among regional stock markets, Singapore's FTSE Strait Times Index stood out with a 0.8% gain.
Persons: Shashwat Awasthi, Rodrigo Duterte, Nicholas Mapa, Shashwat, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: ING, U.S, U.S . Federal, Treasury, Bank, FTSE, Times, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Monday, Singapore STI, Singapore Exchange, DBS Group, Trust, FX Locations: Singapore, Philippine, Manila, Stocks, Philippines, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, U.S ., U.S, Bank Indonesia, Asia, Japan, China, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Bengaluru
Another shipping crisis looms on Covid fears in southern China
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Weizhen Tan | ) + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
That's causing massive shipping delays in major Chinese ports, and jacking up already-high shipping costs as waiting times at berth "skyrocketed," according to analysts and those in the shipping industry. Alone, they would have an unprecedented supply chain impact," said Brian Glick, founder and CEO at supply chain integration platform, told CNBC. The incident sparked a global shipping crisis and held up $9 billion in international trade a day. Now, the most recent crisis, in southern China, is disrupting the global supply chain again. Shipping costs 'at all-time highs'Spiking shipping costs have been a direct effect from the crisis.
Persons: Mark Ralston, Brian Glick, Glick,, Zhang Zhiwei, JP Wiggins, Wiggins, " Glick, Shehrina Kamal, Kamal Organizations: Port, AFP, Getty, Authorities, CNBC, World Shipping Council, Shipping, Intelligence Solutions, Everstream Locations: China, Port of Los Angeles, Long Beach , California, Suez, Guangdong, Covid, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, India, Europe, U.S, North America, Nansha, Guangxi, Yunnan, Hunan, Hubei, Hong Kong
U.S., Canada set to discuss lifting of border restrictions -sources
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( David Shepardson | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Lars Hagberg/File PhotoU.S. and Canadian officials are set to meet Tuesday to discuss how to eventually lift pandemic-related border restrictions between the two countries, but no immediate action is expected, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters on Monday. The measures, which also apply to the U.S.-Mexico border, do not affect trade or other essential travel. The current restrictions are set to expire June 21, but U.S. and industry officials expect they will be extended again. Reuters reported previously that U.S. and airline officials do not think U.S. restrictions will be lifted until around July 4 at the earliest. Canada last week took a cautious first step, saying it was prepared to relax quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated citizens returning home starting in early July.
Persons: Lars Hagberg, Biden, Justin Trudeau, Joe Biden Organizations: Canada, REUTERS, Reuters, Monday, European Union, Canadian, U.S, Thomson Locations: United States, Lansdowne , Ontario, Canada, Monday ., U.S, Mexico, United Kingdom, EU, Europe, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, Brazil
India reports 60,471 new COVID-19 cases, 2,726 deaths
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
Workers load sacks of spices onto a truck at a wholesale market after authorities eased lockdown restrictions that were imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the old quarters of Delhi, India, June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan AbidiIndia reported on Tuesday 60,471 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the lowest since March 31, data from the health ministry showed. The South Asian country’s total COVID-19 case load now stands at 29.57 million, while total fatalities are at 377,031, the data showed. India added 2,726 deaths overnight. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Adnan Abidi Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Delhi, India, Adnan Abidi India
The Amazon That Customers Don’t See
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( June | ) + 0.00   time to read: +74 min
After five years at Amazon, Mr. Palmer felt the company’s success did not accrue to workers like him. As the virus arrived at JFK8, Mr. Palmer worried about how Amazon would protect and communicate with workers. To reverse the trend and serve its customers, Amazon would have to find a way to bring back workers. Amazon competitors 60% Amazon 40 20 0 Jan. 2020 Feb. March April May June July Amazon Amazon competitors 60% 40 20 0 Jan. 2020 Feb. March April May June July Amazon competitors 60% Amazon 40 20 0 Jan. 2020 Feb. March April May June July Source: Rakuten IntelligenceMr. Stroup’s worried how Amazon would summon workers back. “Everyone in your community, every third person, has worked at Amazon,” Mr. Stroup said.
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The variant, now known as B.1.617, triggered a catastrophic wave of coronavirus cases in India and has since spread to more than 40 other countries. India’s health minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, said last month that the variant was identified in about 20% of samples in the country that had been sequenced. That sense of optimism was sweeping large parts of India, including Amravati, where cases had dropped to a trickle, according to local health officials. Meanwhile, federal health officials played down the potential role of new variants in the spike of infections. Even as it spread across India, the variant was carried to other countries where it also sparked a rash of cases.
Persons: Adnan Abidi, Subhash Salunke, Narendra Modi's, V.K, Paul, Sujeet Kumar Singh, Salunke, Singh, ” Paul, ” NCDC’s Singh, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Modi, Shyamsunder Nikam, Rajesh Karyakarte, Karyakarte, Tatyarao Lahane, Modi’s, , Pradip Awate, Awate, lockdowns Organizations: Serum Institute of India, REUTERS, Reuters, World Health Organization, WHO, National Centre for Disease, National, of Virology, Indian, of Medical Research, Federal, Thomson Locations: New Delhi, India, Indonesia, United States, Amravati, Maharashtra, Britain, Singapore, Salunke
FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Amazon postal package is placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. read moreThe Competition Commission of India (CCI) initiated a probe in January last year on the basis of a complaint alleging Amazon and Flipkart promoted select sellers on their e-commerce platforms and that deep discounts stifled competition. While arguing to restart the probe, the CCI told a court in Karnataka state that the Reuters report corroborated evidence. Amazon, which has said it "does not give preferential treatment to any seller", told the court it disagreed with the Reuters report. The antitrust body will examine the Reuters report and could use it as part of its investigation, one of the people said.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Flipkart Organizations: REUTERS, Inc, Walmart, Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc, of India, Google, Alphabet Inc, MakeMyTrip, Reuters, Thomson Locations: India, Karnataka, Indian
A worker walks past the logo of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) inside its office in New Delhi, India July 8, 2019. The annual retail inflation rate (INCPIY=ECI) rose 6.30% year-on-year in May, up from 4.29% in April and sharply above analysts' estimate of 5.30%. The wholesale price inflation rate (INWPI=ECI) rose 12.94%, its highest in at least two decades. read more"There is no way RBI can react to inflation at this stage," a second source said. "The maximum push is coming from margins, from supply disruptions, from cost push pressures...but if there is demand, (RBI) will have to react.
Persons: Anushree, Rupa Rege Nitsure, Radhika Rao Organizations: Reserve Bank of India, REUTERS, Bank of, stoke, T Financial Holdings, DBS Bank, Thomson Locations: New Delhi, India, Bank of India
India's top court ends proceedings against Italian marines
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Angelo Amante | ) + 0.98   time to read: +1 min
Italian sailors Salvatore Girone (R) and Massimiliano Latorre leave the police commissioner office in the southern Indian city of Kochi January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Sivaram V/File PhotoIndia's top court said on Tuesday it has closed all proceedings against two Italian marines over the shooting of two fishermen off the southern Indian coast in 2012, after Rome paid $1.36 million in compensation. Italy has paid 100 million Indian rupees ($1.36 million) in compensation, split between the families of the victims and the boat's owner, Shah said. European Union commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said in a tweet on Tuesday the verdict is "a success of Italian diplomacy." But Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio said in a tweet that all legal proceedings were now closed.
Persons: Salvatore Girone, Massimiliano Latorre, Sivaram, Lexie, M, Shah, Paolo Gentiloni, Luigi Di Maio Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Thomson Locations: Indian, Kochi, Rome, India's, India, Italy
Risk of hospitalization is 85% higher with the Delta variant, new data from the UK shows. But both were less protective against the Delta variant, which is 60% more infectious. The Delta variant of the coronavirus is linked to an 85% higher risk of hospitalization, according to a new study from part of the UK. It is 60% more transmissible than the variant Alpha (B.1.1.7, first seen in the UK), which had been dominant in the UK but was fast supplanted by the Delta variant. The researchers looked at 19,543 confirmed infections, a little fewer than half of which were the Delta variant.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Antony Fauci Organizations: Pfizer, AstraZeneca, White House, Public Health, University of Edinburgh, Alpha Locations: Scotland, India, Public Health England, EAVE
How UK PM Johnson decided to delay COVID reopening
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Alistair Smout | ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Models commissioned by the government showed that without a delay to the planned June 21 reopening, in some scenarios hospitalisations could match previous peaks in cases when ministers feared the health system could be overwhelmed. All three found that a delay would lower the peak of a new wave fuelled by the Delta variant. SPI-M-O will make fresh projections before July 19 when the full reopening is now expected to take place, with Johnson saying that he does not want to delay reopening again. The modellers warned that while protection from vaccines was not perfect, without them, England would be heading back into lockdown. Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics at The Open University, said the delay would buy time to learn more about the Delta variant, and get more shots in arms.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Johnson, Anne Cori, Cori, Steve Baker, Kevin McConway, Alistair Smout, Josephine Mason, Alison Williams Organizations: Reuters, British, WHO, London School of Hygiene, Medicine, Imperial College London, University of Warwick, Public Health, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, hospitalisation, The Open University, Thomson Locations: England, Britain, Public Health England, India
The deal announced Tuesday with Australia is the first bilateral trade agreement the United Kingdom has negotiated from scratch since it left the European Union last year . Britain has also struck deals with Japan and Norway, but they were based on existing agreements negotiated by the European Union. The deal with Australia comes as the UK government struggles to get along with the European Union, its most important trading partner. But several trade experts have pointed out that even membership of the CPTPP won't balance out the negative impact of leaving the European Union. The risk is that, in its eagerness to strike new trade deals and prove that leaving the European Union was worthwhile, Britain gives too much away.
Persons: Brexit, Boris Johnson, Simon Usherwood, it's, Joe Biden's, Scott Morrison, Liz Truss's, Nick von Westenholz, Von Westenholz, Johnson, William Bain ,, David Henig, Dmitry Grozoubinski Organizations: London, CNN, European Union, The, Department for International Trade, European, Australia, The Open University, CNN Business, Britain's, Australia's, Downing, Britain, National Farmers ' Union, Chambers of Commerce, Trans, Pacific, European Centre, EU, ExplainTrade Locations: Australia, United Kingdom, Britain, Japan, Norway, European Union, Northern Ireland, Brussels, England, United States, India, London, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Wales, Singapore, European, EU, Geneva
Deaths in the U.S. have been slowing for months, according to Johns Hopkins University data, due largely to an aggressive campaign to vaccinate the nation's elderly and medically vulnerable people who are most at risk of dying from Covid. Covid vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna were authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use in December, followed Johnson & Johnson's in February. The U.S. has recorded more Covid cases than any other country in the world — about 33.5 million cases, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University. Globally, there have been more than 176 million cases recorded, and more than 3.8 million deaths. Pfizer's Covid vaccine was given emergency approval for adolescents last month.
Persons: Johnson Organizations: Wood, Johns Hopkins University, Centers for Disease Control, Healthcare, United Memorial Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University . Deaths, Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna, Food and Drug Administration, Johnson's, U.S, John Hopkins University, Globally Locations: Brooklyn , New York, U.S, Covid, United, Houston , Texas, India
It said the extended gap was recommended by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), based on real-life evidence mainly from Britain. But he added that the group had no data concerning the effects of a gap beyond 12 weeks. The health ministry, citing the head of NTAGI's working group on COVID-19, said that the dosing decision was based on scientific evidence. Government health officials told a news conference on May 15 the gap was not increased to address a vaccine shortage but was a "scientific decision". The AstraZeneca vaccine accounts for nearly 90% of the 257.5 million vaccine doses administered in India.
Persons: Dinuka, M.D, Mathew Varghese, NTAGI's, Arora, Muliyil, Shahid Jameel, Krishna N, Devjyot, Sanjeev Miglani Organizations: Serum Institute of India, Infectious Diseases, REUTERS, Indian, AstraZeneca, Reuters, National Technical Advisory, National, of Epidemiology, World Health Organization, Twitter, Pfizer, New, Das, Thomson Locations: Colombo, Sri Lanka, DELHI, Britain, South Korea, India, Indian, New Delhi
CDC now calls coronavirus Delta variant a 'variant of concern'
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Jen Christensen | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
(CNN) The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now calls the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus, also known as B.1.617.2, a "variant of concern." Vaccines, treatments and tests that detect the virus may also be less effective against a variant of concern. Previously, the CDC had considered the Delta variant to be a variant of interest. The World Health Organization classified the Delta variant as a variant of concern on May 10. A study on the Delta variant in Scotland published on Monday found that it was associated with about double the risk of hospitalization compared with the Alpha variant, B.1.1.7, that was first identified in the UK.
Organizations: CNN, US Centers for Disease Control, CDC, World Health Organization, Alpha, Read Locations: India, Scotland
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