The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that a Covid-19 variant, believed to be the cause behind the growing coronavirus cases in India, has been found in more than a dozen countries. The United Nations Health Agency said that the B.1.617 variant of Covid-19 was first found in India, as “at least 17 countries” address in more than 1,200 sequences uploaded to the GISAID open-access database on Tuesday. walked.
“Most sequences were uploaded from India, UK, USA and Singapore,” the WHO said in its weekly epidemiological update on the epidemic. WHO has recently listed B.1.617 as having different mutations and many features, but has not yet been declared a variant of “a type of concern”.
This label would indicate that this variant is inherently more dangerous, more infectious, more lethal to the virus, and the vaccine will also have no effect on it. India is currently the worst affected in the epidemic, where the figures of infection and death are breaking records every day.
During the last 24 hours, there have been 3,60,960 new cases of infection from across the country. According to the Health Ministry, the total number of coronavirus infections in the country has risen to 1,79,97,267. The number of active cases in this is 29,78,709, while 1,48,17,371 people have been cured of this disease.
At the same time, 3,293 people have died in India during the last 24 hours due to coronavirus infection. Whereas, a total of 2,01,187 people have lost their lives due to this infection so far. The virus has so far killed more than 3.1 million people worldwide.
WHO considered that its initial modeling based on the sequence introduced to GISAID indicated that “India has a higher growth rate in B.1.617 than other variants.”
It emphasized that there could be an increase in other variants spreading at the same time and due to this, the situation in the country is likely to be serious due to the increase in all the variants. WHO stated, “In fact many research has said that the second wave has spread much faster than the first.”
However, it highlighted that “infection cases have increased for a number of other reasons, including increased public health measures as well as increased crowds at mass gatherings. The WHO said its better understood More deep investigation is needed.
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