Coronavirus Strain Found In India, B.1.617 Named “Delta Variant”: WHO

Coronavirus Strain Found In India, B.1.617 Named “Delta Variant”: WHO

The B.1.617 was recorded last October in India, since then it has been officially recorded in 53 territories, according to WHO
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Coronavirus Strain Found In India, B.1.617 Named "Delta Variant”: WHOWorld Health Organisation announced the labelling of coronavirus strains, #COVID19 strain B.1.617 found in India is named "Delta Variant"

New Delhi: On Monday (May 31), World Health Organisation (WHO) said that the COVID-19 variants will now be called by their new names – Alpha, Beta, Gamma, or Delta. COVID variant that was first found in India – B.1.617 will now be referred to as the “Delta variant”.

WHO has announced this labelling of the COVID variants in a bid to disassociate it from being known by its location of origin. All of the variants will now have Greek alphabets.

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, Technical lead COVID-19 at WHO said,

The labels don’t replace existing scientific names, which convey important scientific information and will continue to be used in research. No country should be stigmatised for detecting and reporting COVID variants.

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About B.1.617 Coronavirus Variant

According to the data, lineages of the B.1.617 variant HAS officially BEEN recorded in 53 territories and unofficially in another seven. WHO has said that this variant had shown to be more transmissible, while disease severity and risk of infection are still under investigation.

The B.1.617 was recorded last October in India, since then it has been found in 44 countries, according to WHO.

“As such, we are classifying this as a variant of concern at the global level,” WHO had said. Before that, it was listed as a “variant of interest”.

Talking more about this variant and why it is a concern in the country, Dr Sapan Pandya, Immunologist, TOLD NDTV,

Mutations are not something which are new to the virus. They have existed for years now. However, this particular variant is different, it seems to be more transmissible. If we talk of viruses in general, mutated virus is known to live in synch with humans. However, we cannot say the same for this variant. In this wave of COVID-19 in India, we have seen whole families getting infected. We also saw and are seeing many younger patients being infected with the virus. So, in that ways, this variant is certainly a variant of concern for all of us as the virus is spreading fast and infecting more and more people. If we talk about India’s absolute numbers, they are huge.

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Highlighting if the vaccines available in India are effective against this strain of variant, Dr Pandya further added,

What we know about vaccines is that it may not prevent people from infection or getting the virus, but it will protect them from getting a severe disease, it will reduce mortality. Most of the vaccines available will reduce an individual’s chance of developing a complicated case of COVID-19 and it does work against these variants or mutants. So, definitely, everyone needs to get vaccinated. The more the number of people vaccinated, the less are the chances of mortality in the country from COVID-19.

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World

19,89,21,889Cases
6,44,02,340Active
13,02,83,678Recovered
42,35,871Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,89,21,889 and 42,35,871 have died; 6,44,02,340 are active cases and 13,02,83,678 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 3:55 am.

India

3,17,26,507 30,549Cases
4,04,9588,760Active
3,08,96,354 38,887Recovered
4,25,195 422Deaths
In India, there are 3,17,26,507 confirmed cases including 4,25,195 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,04,958 and 3,08,96,354 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,15,063 4,869

78,700 3,650

61,03,325 8,429

1,33,038 90

Kerala

34,25,473 13,984

1,65,834 2,057

32,42,684 15,923

16,955 118

Karnataka

29,08,284 1,285

24,045 123

28,47,627 1,383

36,612 25

Tamil Nadu

25,63,544 1,957

20,385 139

25,09,029 2,068

34,130 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,70,008 1,546

20,582 437

19,36,016 1,968

13,410 15

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,500 24

646 18

16,85,091 42

22,763

West Bengal

15,29,295 575

10,803 171

15,00,331 734

18,161 12

Delhi

14,36,401 51

538 44

14,10,809 95

25,054

Chhattisgarh

10,02,458 236

1,918 1

9,87,012 234

13,528 3

Odisha

9,79,737 1,032

13,318 820

9,60,386 1,785

6,033 67

Rajasthan

9,53,704 16

241 9

9,44,509 25

8,954

Gujarat

8,24,922 22

251 3

8,14,595 25

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,862 17

132 7

7,81,217 10

10,513

Haryana

7,69,956 14

703 12

7,59,614 25

9,639 1

Bihar

7,24,917 37

401 34

7,14,872 71

9,644

Telangana

6,45,997 591

8,819 54

6,33,371 643

3,807 2

Punjab

5,99,162 32

473 31

5,82,395 63

16,294

Assam

5,68,257 1,275

12,429 213

5,50,534 1,469

5,294 19

Jharkhand

3,47,223 23

239 15

3,41,855 38

5,129

Uttarakhand

3,42,198 37

574 35

3,34,261 71

7,363 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,725 118

1,254 43

3,16,090 73

4,381 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,369 208

1,304 75

2,01,543 132

3,522 1

Goa

1,71,295 90

1,027 16

1,67,118 72

3,150 2

Puducherry

1,21,059 54

944 38

1,18,320 92

1,795

Manipur

99,872 541

9,814 591

88,480 1,120

1,578 12

Tripura

79,026 304

3,104 12

75,167 292

755

Meghalaya

65,939 350

5,843 200

58,987 537

1,109 13

Chandigarh

61,960 6

33 3

61,116 3

811

Arunachal Pradesh

48,565 305

3,508 167

44,823 469

234 3

Mizoram

40,111 748

12,316 127

27,642 618

153 3

Nagaland

28,004 59

1,300 44

26,130 99

574 4

Sikkim

26,880 126

3,323 131

23,211 256

346 1

Ladakh

20,345 5

57 0

20,081 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650

15 9

10,631 9

4

Lakshadweep

10,207 12

79 4

10,078 8

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,539

6 1

7,404 1

129

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