Coronavirus

The Delta variant, a strain of Covid-19 believed to be more transmissible and dangerous than others, is likely to break out in some US communities, a health expert said

The number of COVID-19 cases is rising slightly most likely due to the Delta variant, according to the city’s top doctor.

Philadelphia’s vaccination rate — 60.4% of city adults are fully vaccinated — will help protect the city, acting Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said in a news release on Monday.

The city is averaging 56 new cases of COVID-19 per day over the last two weeks, according to the city.

“We have been watching the number of COVID cases rise in other states recently, most likely due to the Delta variant, and now it looks like we’re starting to see a small but real increase here in Philadelphia,” Bettigole said.

Bettigole suggested that people who are not fully vaccinated should protect themselves by choosing outdoor activities, avoiding crowded indoor spaces, and wearing a mask when around others.

During the past two weeks, the city had a 2% positivity rate.

Since the pandemic arrived in Philadelphia, 145,939 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 3,756 fatalities were tied to the virus. The pandemic has disproportionately affected African Americans in terms of positivity rates and deaths.

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