WHO has not termed B.1.617 as Indian variant, says Centre

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The report has classified the B1,617 variant of the Covid virus as an Indian variant, but who does not call it the Indian variant, said Center.

A health worker collects a swab sample for the Covid-19 test at a market in Jammu.
A health worker collects a swab sample for the Covid-19 test at a market in Jammu.

In the midst of a report claiming that the World Health Organization has said that the Covid-19 India variant has been found in 44 countries, the center on Wednesday said that who has not classified this variant as “India”. “Actually, the word ‘India’ has not been used in its report about this problem,” the center said.

Who has classified B.1.617 as a variant that is a global concern, but many reports are called mutants as “Indian variants”, which are unfounded and without base, the Center said.

This variant is the fourth “caring variant” after those detected in the UK, Brazil and South Africa. It was added to a list like “it seems to transmit more easily than the original virus”, he said.

This variant, also known as a double mutant, causes loss of neutralization of antibodies. The emergence of this variant is seen as a factor behind a sudden surge in the number of vases. According to reports, variants have been detected in more than 4,500 samples from 44 countries in six WHO regions.

But in the document, which has not called this double mutant strain as an Indian variant, the center said.

The double mutant virus was first detected on October 5, 2020, because it was not so wide in Ondia. But on April 1, this strain accounted for 80 percent of all genome sequences analyzed from the mutant variant. This center does not make a relationship between this variant and a surge in cases in India during March-April, but said it might be one reason. Natural variants in viruses and several variants are stronger than others, he said.

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