Buenos Aires City Health Minister Fernán Quirós warned Tuesday that the Delta variant of Covid-19 "is very close" to entering into community transmission.
He predicted ominously that the strain – which is known to be more contagious than the other variants of coronavirus – would become the “predominant” strain within six weeks, once in circulation.
"We know that the Delta variant is very close to achieving community transmission and community transmission is progressive," warned Quirós at a press conference.
The feared strain “always has a few first weeks with increases in quantity [of contagion] and by the fourth, fifth and sixth week, it begins to be the predominant variant," said the City Hall official.
Quirós said that the new strain is capable of causing “more infections and even third wave.