Covid: Indian variant detected in “at least 17 countries”, according to WHO

Published by Manon C. · Published on 28 April 2021 at 12h47 · Updated on 28 April 2021 at 15h31
Today, the World Health Organization reveals the B.1.617 variant – more commonly known as Indian variant – has been reported in “at least 17 countries”, mainly in the United Kingdom, the United States and Singapore.

As India is faced with a terrible surge of the epidemic, exceeding the 200,000-dead threshold this Wednesday April 28, 2021 and 360,000 new Covid cases per day, the Indian variant – more contagious and deadly than the original virus – keeps on spreading worldwide.

The World Health Organization has just announced the B.1.617 variant – more commonly known as Indian variant – has been detected in over 1,200 genome sequencings “from at least 17 countriesaround the world. “Most sequences were uploaded from India, the United Kingdom, USA and Singapore”, WHO said. Health authorities in Belgium, Italy, Greece, and even Switzerland also reported the variant.

The World Health Organization also states “B.1.617 has a higher growth rate than other circulating variants in India, suggesting potential increased transmissibility” although “other drives” – such as many mass religious gatherings that have been held over the past weeks in India – not complying with the health guidelines – could also explain the very strong new epidemic surge in India.

Further investigation is needed” WHO says to understand how the Indian variant caused the new surge of the epidemic in India, as well as the other variants spreading on the Indian territory.

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