POND ISLAND: The Dutch side of the island has detected five cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant. This is coupled with two cases noted by the French side bringing the known Delta variant cases to seven.
Public Health Minister Omar Ottley said on Wednesday health officials are monitoring this variant. He again urged non-vaccinated people to get protected against the virus. The administering of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine has been extended into August and is available from Monday to Friday at Belair Community Center and Collective Prevention Services at Vineyard Office Park.
The Delta variant can spread more easily, according to the US-based Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Researchers have said that the Delta variant is about 50 per cent more contagious than the Alpha variant, which was first identified in the U.K., according to The Washington Post. Alpha was already 50 percent more contagious than the original coronavirus first identified in China in 2019.
Public health experts estimate that the average person who gets infected with Delta spreads it to three or four other people, as compared with one or two other people through the original coronavirus strain, according to Yale Medicine.