The Danger of Delta

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Deepnews Digest #125

The Danger of Delta

Editor: Christopher Brennan
The story of media during the pandemic has been at times one that showed how reporters still operate in their own country bubbles, with the first news of the coronavirus in Asia early last year not receiving the attention it deserved in places like the U.S. until it was too late. As some countries now start to emerge from restrictions, the emergence of new variants such as Delta may fall through the cracks of news about reopening, even while in other countries they lead to record death tolls. This week’s Digest looks at the emerging “variant of concern” and pulled in articles from all over the world to help get you up to speed.

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Financial Times ($)

Delta variant tests UK guidance on under-40s and the AstraZeneca jab

New infections mean 30 to 39-year-olds at more risk from Covid than vaccine-related blood clots, FT analysis shows.

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The Telegraph (UK) ($)

Joyless scientists and ministers are a threat to the future of British music

Restrictions are loosening on glitzy sporting events, but fastening tighter round the neck of grassroots music venues. Where’s the logic?

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Score: stars image Confidence: 45%

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Sky News

COVID-19: Travel restrictions may be eased for Britons who have had both jabs, Matt Hancock hints, but not ‘right now’

Ministers confirm they are looking at plans to limit quarantine requirements for those who have been fully vaccinated.

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Ars Technica

The Delta Variant and Low Vaccine Rates Could Spell Trouble

Vaccines are effective against the variant, but experts worry about low vaccination rates.

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Al Jazeera

‘Fear and panic’ as COVID ravages Nepali villages near Mt Everest

Sherpa settlements in the lap of Mount Everest are reeling from COVID-19 as climbing season ends on the world’s highest peak.

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Editor’s Note:

The Delta variant was first discovered in India, and local health officials believe that tourists may have brought it to Nepal. Here our algorithm highlighted a piece on the small towns in the Himalayas. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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WFTS

Local family raises concern about healthcare worker vaccination rates

Tracie Wiechmann has taken every precaution during the pandemic, especially for her adult son, Christopher.

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South China Morning Post

China’s zero-tolerance approach helped control Covid-19, but is it time for an exit strategy?

Beijing may have no choice but to reopen its borders and face the risk of outbreaks even if most people are vaccinated, experts say

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Hindustan Times

‘Cause for worry’: Expert weighs in on immune escape potential of Delta plus Covid variant

Earlier this week, scientists said that the highly transmissible Delta Covid variant, first identified in India, has further mutated to form the Delta plus.

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The Guardian

Previous Covid infection may not offer long-term protection, study finds

Research found marked differences in immune response of medical staff six months after contracting virus

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San Gabriel Valley Tribune

‘Delta’ COVID-19 variant stokes growing worries in LA County as vaccine rates slide

Young Black and Latino residents in Los Angeles County continue to lag behind the rest of the population in COVID-19 vaccination rates, a gap the public health director said on Thursday, June 17, could put the group more at risk as the state’s economy reopens, workplaces get more crowded and public gatherings increase.

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Editor’s Note:

In countries where vaccine campaigns are well underway, there are worries about certain groups who are less vaccinated and may be more vulnerable to new variants. Here our algorithm highlighted a piece from Southern California. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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The Hindu

‘People need to be assured that vaccines are protective even against delta variant,’ says Dr. Srinath Reddy

While the time gap between Covishield’s first and second dose has come under the scanner yet again, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) president Srinath Reddy in an exclusive interview to The Hindu said Indian experience on the issue is still being gathered.

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Nikkei Asian Review

Indonesia’s COVID surge overloads hospitals, triggers Delta fears

JAKARTA — Java, the world’s most populous island, is imposing regional lockdowns as hospitals become overloaded from recent surges in COVID-19 cases following the Eid holiday.

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Salt Lake Tribune

Delta variant cases quadruple in Utah — but it’s because of a new way of counting

The international database PANGO (Phylogenetic Assignment of Named Global Outbreak) has merged its reporting of the B.1.95 variant and the Delta variant (B.1.716.2), which caused the big one-day jump. All of the “new” Delta cases reported on Thursday were formerly listed as B.1.95, so without that change, there would’ve been no increase.

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The Economist ($)

The delta variant is the most dangerous SARS-CoV-2 mutation yet

Business in England had been eagerly anticipating June 21st—the “freedom day” when all coronavirus restrictions were to be lifted. But on June 14th Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, dashed their hopes. It was “time to ease off the accelerator” he said.

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San Antonio Express News

‘Not done’: Delta coronavirus variant a threat to unvaccinated, partially vaccinated San Antonians

As the coronavirus has receded in San Antonio and the rest of the country, Dr. Jason Bowling has watched residents remove their masks and return to many of their pre-pandemic routines.

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St Louis Post-Dispatch

Coronavirus hot spots spread across Missouri, driven by variant

Hot spots of COVID-19 cases continue to spread across northern and southwest Missouri, sparking concerns that the virus — especially a more dangerous variant — will reach more vulnerable populations in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas.

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Straits Times

The call on lifting Covid-19 curbs is not easy in S’pore’s transition phase

SINGAPORE – The last few days have shown exactly why Singapore opted for a two-step easing of the restrictions put in place during the heightened alert to control Covid-19 cases.

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Editor’s Note:

As the Delta variant spreads, governments from England to Asia are faced with questions about how to keep measures appropriate. Here our algorithm highlighted a piece from Singapore. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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QZ

India’s third wave will likely not affect kids more—but doctors want to be prepared

Children are the heart of the fears around a possible third wave of Covid-19 in India.

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Daily Nation (Kenya)

Covid-19 Delta variant, first identified in India, dubbed ‘variant of concern’ by US CDC

Grace Aduor looks strong on the outside. But deep in her heart she is crushing with many questions regarding the deaths of her parents.

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Medscape

‘Exponential Growth’ in COVID Cases in England

The number of people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in England has increased rapidly, with most infections happening in children and young adults who had not received a vaccine, latest research found.

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