‘Indian strain’ of COVID-19 found in UK, US and 15 other countries, WHO report says
New Delhi: The “ Indian strain ” of the coronavirus, which triggered a second wave of COVID-19 cases in the country, has been detected in at least 17 countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). SARS-CoV2 variant B.1.617 or the ‘Indian strain’, which was feared to contribute to an outbreak of coronavirus cases in India, has been designated as Variants of Interest (VOI) by the Organization World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations health agency said Tuesday in its weekly epidemiological update. Also Read – ‘We All Must Help’: UK Prince Charles Urges India’s COVID Help
“As of April 27, over 1,200 sequences have been uploaded to GISAID and assigned to lineage B.1.617 (collectively) from at least 17 countries,” he said, adding that most of the footage had been uploaded. from India, UK, US and Singapore. . Read also – Madhya Pradesh extends Corona curfew until May 7, exempts essential services | Details here
“The emerging variants of SARS-CoV-2 within the Pango B.1.617 line were recently reported as VOI in India and were recently designated as VOI by the WHO,” he added. The WHO said studies have shown that the spread of the second wave was much faster than the first in India. Read also – Election in West Bengal 2021 Phase 8 live: EVM Glitch delays poll in Birbhum, vote in progress in rest of seats
GISAID is a global scientific initiative and a leading source created in 2008 that provides open access to genomic data from influenza viruses and the coronavirus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Preliminary modeling by WHO based on the sequences submitted to GISAID suggests that B.1.617 has a higher growth rate than other circulating variants in India, suggesting increased potential transmissibility, with other co-circulating variants demonstrating also increased transmissibility, “the body’s global health report said. “Other factors may include challenges related to the implementation and compliance with public health and social measures (PHSM) and social gatherings (including mass gatherings during cultural and religious celebrations and elections). Further investigation is needed to understand the relative contribution of these factors, ”he said.