France: new coronavirus variant B.1.640 detected in Finistère, Brittany

A new coronavirus variant has been identified in a school in Finistère in October 2021, and named B.1.640.  Twenty-four people, 18 children and six adults in contact with them, have been affected by this new mutation that is unlike any other....More...

Netherlands: the reproduction R rate is now 2.17 – the highest since February 2020

For the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, people in the Netherlands infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus were likely infecting at least two other people....More...

India: Delta Plus Delta-AY.1 dominant in Tripura – found in 138 out of 151 coronavirus sequences

At least 138 of the 151 Covid-19 samples sent by Tripura for genome sequencing have tested positive for the Delta Plus variant, State Health Surveillance Officer Dr Deep Kumar Debbarma said....More...

Preprint: Infectivity and immune escape of the new coronavirus variant of interest C.37 Lambda

“We also observed that the spike protein of the Lambda variant presented increased infectivity when compared with the spike protein of the Alpha and Gamma variants, both of them with reported increased infectivity and transmissibility....More...

Israel: 56% of serious coronavirus cases in hospitals are fully vaccinated

Eran Segal, a COVID expert and one of the top government advisers to the Israeli coronavirus cabinet said that while 56% of current serious COVID cases occur among fully-vaccinated individuals, the vaccine nevertheless remains the best possible protection against the disease....More...

Preprint: Transmission event of Delta coronavirus variant reveals multiple vaccine breakthrough infections

Here we describe a transmission of a Delta variant containing SARS-CoV-2 strain, between family members associated with events surrounding a wedding with 92 attendees, near Houston, Texas....More...

Poland: 106 cases of Delta and 12 cases of Delta Plus aka Delta-AY.1 coronavirus variant

Poland has confirmed 106 cases of the Delta and 12 cases of the Delta Plus (Delta-AY.1 or Delta with K417N mutation) coronavirus variants that originated in India, a deputy health minister has announced....More...

Spain: 5,000 new coronavirus cases in Catalonia in one day

All epidemic indicators continue to worsen in Catalonia, Spain, where infections continue to skyrocket, with 5,206 new diagnoses in the last 24 hours and an average age that fell for the first time yesterday from 29 years and this Thursday stands at 28.7....More...

Israel: Delta variant causing an increase in recorded coronavirus cases

Some 307 new coronavirus cases were identified in Israel on Wednesday. The figure marks the highest number in over two months and according to Israeli health officials and experts might rise further next week, up to 500 or 600....More...

UK: Boris goes full Bolsonaro and decides to “let the bodies pile high” by lifting lockdown restrictions completely

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in April 2021 that he ‘would rather let bodies pile high’ than impose a third national lockdown....More...