NEW YORK (AP) – The delta variant continues to advance, accounting for approximately 83% of coronavirus cases that cause COVID-19 in the United States, US health authorities reported Tuesday.
The percentage signifies a drastic increase from the week of July 3, when that variant accounted for approximately 50% of genetically sequenced coronavirus cases.RELATED
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The delta variant is a coronavirus mutation that spreads more easily than others. It was first detected in India, but is now found all over the world.