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The World Health Organization (WHO) has made a big statement regarding the first corona virus variant found in India. The WHO said on Tuesday that only one strain of the first corona variant detected in India is now a matter of concern, while the risk of the remaining two strains has reduced. This variant of Corona was named B.1.617 or Delta by WHO. Because of this, the second wave of corona in India became so dangerous.
Variant of concern was announced last month
WHO said that only a sub-lineage of it is now a matter of concern. That is, out of the three strains of the B.1.617 variant, only one strain is more at risk than B.1.617.2, while the spread of infection of the other strain has now reduced. Only last month, WHO had described this variant of Corona as ‘Variant of Concern’.
Delta was named only on 31 May
Earlier, the WHO had announced to name a new variant of concern (VOC), variant of interest (VOI) of Corona using Greek alphabets. Under this, the first corona variant found in India will be called Delta. Whereas, the version found before this will be called Kappa.
The government had objected to calling the virus an Indian variant
The government had objected to calling the new strain of Corona Indian. It was said on behalf of the government that the statement of WHO describing the B.1.617 variant as worrying for the world was covered in many media reports. In some of these reports, this variant was called Indian, but these reports are baseless. The government claimed that the WHO did not link Indian anywhere with the B.1.617 variant in its 32-page documents.
This strain is the reason for increasing infection in Maharashtra, Delhi
The B.1.617 variant, also known as the double mutant strain, has been found extensively in Maharashtra and Delhi. Because of this, the second wave of the epidemic that came here has badly affected. The B.1.617 variant has been found in more than half of the genome sequencing samples in many cities of Maharashtra, the most affected state of the country.