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India’s Covid Variant is of Global Concern, says WHO

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The mutated version of India’s Covid variant has been called a variant of global concern by WHO. WHO said that Preliminary studies show that the B.1.617 mutation spreads more easily than any other variant. It also said that it requires further study.

India’s Covid variant has spread to over 30 countries and there are three other variants from UK, South Africa and Brazil that are equally dangerous as the one found in India.

India’s Covid Variant is of Global Concern, says WHO
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A mutation becomes a variant of concern when it meets at least one of the following points; Easy transmission, severe illness, reduced neutralization by antibodies or reduced treatment effectiveness.

India, on Monday, reported 3,66,161 cases with 3,754 deaths but the experts say that the actual figure may be far higher than what has been reported. Surging cases are causing panic, death and other sorts of crisis in the country. The most recent one is oxygen shortage.

Many of the people are dying because of not getting oxygen in time. Constantly increasing cases have overwhelmed the health institutes and crematoriums.

India’s Covid Variant is of Global Concern, says WHO
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Keeping the severity of the situation in mind, several states have imposed lockdowns or curfews. The Modi government is not only getting pressure of announcing a nationwide lockdown. To help stop the spreading of virus but also being criticized for allowing gatherings at Hindu festivals in such times.

On the top of it all, there is also shortage in the doses of vaccine because of which the age group 18-45 in not being vaccinated in many of the states. Delhi’s health minister on Monday said that the state had only 3-4 days of vaccine supply left.

WHO’s technical lead says that while the current vaccine may continue to be effective against the India’s Covid variant, reduced neutralization may be evident.

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