The health body of the United Nations had declared this entire strain as ‘Variant of Concern’ and (VOC) last month.
Health workers taking sample to test corona virus (indicative photo)
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that only a strain of the COVID-19 delta variant first found in India will be considered a ‘variant of concern’. At the same time, its two other variants have been dropped from the ‘Variants of Concern’. The B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus was also known as the triple mutant, as it split into three mutants. It is believed that due to this variant, the pace of infection has increased in the country.
The health body of the United Nations had declared this entire strain as ‘Variant of Concern’ and (VOC) last month. But on Tuesday, WHO said that only one strain of this variant will be considered as VOC. In its weekly update on the pandemic, the WHO said, it has become absolutely clear that at present, the B.1.617 variant is associated with greater public health risks. At the same time, there has been a decrease in the rate of spread of its other variants.
Hence the B.1.617.2 variant will still have VOC
According to WHO, the B.1.617.2 variant is still going to be a VOC. Apart from this, three other variants of coronavirus are also living in this category. The reason behind this is that these variants are more dangerous than the original version of the virus. Also, the rapid spread of these variants and their ineffectiveness on some vaccines is also a reason. Earlier, on Monday, the WHO announced to name the variants of the virus found around the world as the Greek alphabet. In this way the variants found in India were named Delta.
Study WHO’s priority on the effect of variants
The global health body said that we are getting information about the rapid spread of this variant and an increasing number of countries reporting related outbreaks. We are keeping a watch on this. Further study on the effect of this variant is a priority of WHO. What is really worrying is that Vietnam’s health officials announced on Saturday that a hybrid variant has been found in their country. It was assumed that this is a variation of the Delta variant.
New names given to all variants
Let us tell you that WHO gave a new name to COVID-19 variant B.1.617.2. It will now be known as Variant Delta. Along with this, the B.1.1.7 variant of the virus found in Britain in September 2020 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 has now been named Gamma. It is worth noting that India recently objected to Corona’s variant B.1.617.2 being called ‘Indian variant’.
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