The World Health Organization has named the B.1.617.2 variant as Delta. Apart from this, another variant B.1.617.1 is named Kappa.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has renamed the COVID-19 variant B.1.617.2. Now this variant will be known as Delta. With this, in September 2020, the first B1.1.7 variant of the corona virus found in Britain was named Alpha. Whereas the B.1.351 found in South Africa has got the name Beta and the P.1 variant first found in South Africa in November 2020 will now be known as Gamma.
India recently objected to Corona’s variant B.1.617.2 being called ‘Indian variant’. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also said many times that no strain or variant should be identified by the name of the country. COVID-19 variant B.1.617.2, which will now be known as Delta, is said to be extremely dangerous.
Scientific names will not change
WHO said that these new names of COVID variants will not change the existing scientific names. Those names will be used for future scientific research as before. He said that there is only one scientific name which is kept on the basis of its characteristics.
In a statement on May 12, the Union Health Ministry said that the World Health Organization (WHO) did not refer to the variant detected for the first time in the country as ‘Indian’. A day after which the WHO termed it as a type of concern. Subsequently, on 26 May, the central government asked social media companies to clear the words ‘Indian version’ from their services.
Labelled using Greek alphabets, World Health Organisation (WHO) announces new labels for Covid variants of concern (VOC) & interest (VOC).
Covid variant first found in India will be referred to as ‘Delta’ while earlier found variant in the country will be known as ‘Kappa’ pic.twitter.com/VIEVWBGryC
– ANI (@ANI) May 31, 2021
Most dangerous variant B.1.617.2
Till now variant B.1.1.7 was being said to be the most dangerous in the world. Since December, it has been found in more than 7 lakh samples in 137 countries but, now it is believed that B.1.617.2 is now spreading the fastest, 50 in at least 9,320 samples in the last two months. spreading to more than one country. Six more variants currently under investigation are also likely to be labeled under the new nomenclature. The first of these is the VUI which was initially found in the US, California and is known as B.1.427 / B.1.429. It will now be known as Epsilon. The new naming conventions also include the B.1.617.1 variant of VUI, which will be known as Kappa.
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