Names of Corona variants decided, Mising Chinese variant in WHO List

The initial cases of corona virus were found in Wuhan, China. That’s why many people started calling it ‘Chinese virus’. China objected to this. Similarly, when new variants of Corona were found in South Africa, Britain, Brazil and India, then these countries were named after them. India strongly objected to being called the ‘Indian variant’. After this, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a new system for naming the corona variant.

WHO said – UK variant (B.1.1.7) as alpha, South Africa variant (B.1.351) as beta, Brazil variant (P.1) as gamma and India variant (B.1.617.2) as delta. be called from Similarly, as new variants become available, other Greek alphabets will be used for them.

The Delta variant of COVID-19, or the B1.617.2 highly transmissible variant of concern (VOC), was the primary cause behind the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, an expert panel has found. 

The study on the reasons behind the second wave of COVID-19 was carried out by scientists of INSACOG (the consortium of labs undertaking genome sequencing in India) and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

According to the study, the B.1.617 variant and its lineage B.1.617.2 were primarily responsible for the surge in COVID-19 cases in India. The study said these variants had high transmissibility of 50 per cent more than Alpha variant or B.1.1.7.

On Thursday, health officials in Britain said the Delta variant has now become the dominant VOC in the UK as infections rose by 5,472 in a week to hit a total of 12,431.

Public Health England (PHE), which monitors all COVID variants in the country, said that experts now believe that Delta has now overtaken Alpha the VOC first detected in the Kent region of England.

PHE also said that early evidence suggests there may be an increased risk of hospitalisation with Delta compared to Alpha, although more data is needed to have a more definitive view on that.

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