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

17,66,30,634Cases
5,80,25,717Active
11,47,82,895Recovered
38,22,022Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,66,30,634 and 38,22,022 have died; 5,80,25,717 are active cases and 11,47,82,895 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 3:30 am.

India

2,96,33,105 62,224Cases
8,65,43247,946Active
2,83,88,100 1,07,628Recovered
3,79,573 2,542Deaths
In India, there are 2,96,33,105 confirmed cases including 3,79,573 deaths. The number of active cases is 8,65,432 and 2,83,88,100 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,24,773 7,652

1,41,440 8,982

56,69,179 15,176

1,14,154 1,458

Karnataka

27,77,010 5,041

1,62,303 9,859

25,81,559 14,785

33,148 115

Kerala

27,48,204 12,246

1,12,792 1,456

26,23,904 13,536

11,508 166

Tamil Nadu

23,78,298 11,805

1,25,215 11,669

22,23,015 23,207

30,068 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,20,134 5,741

75,134 4,879

17,32,948 10,567

12,052 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,03,207 270

7,221 890

16,74,072 1,104

21,914 56

West Bengal

14,68,044 3,268

20,046 1,125

14,30,949 2,068

17,049 75

Delhi

14,31,498 228

3,078 148

14,03,569 364

24,851 12

Chhattisgarh

9,88,172 609

11,717 943

9,63,113 1,544

13,342 8

Rajasthan

9,50,133 172

5,619 848

9,35,658 1,006

8,856 14

Odisha

8,59,526 3,405

44,358 3,436

8,11,780 6,799

3,388 42

Gujarat

8,21,078 352

8,884 658

8,02,187 1,006

10,007 4

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,649 224

3,610 331

7,76,424 528

8,615 27

Haryana

7,66,357 228

3,703 374

7,53,584 564

9,070 38

Bihar

7,17,949 410

4,360 412

7,04,075 813

9,514 9

Telangana

6,06,436 1,556

19,933 528

5,82,993 2,070

3,510 14

Punjab

5,89,153 628

10,802 1,111

5,62,701 1,691

15,650 48

Assam

4,66,590 3,415

41,184 475

4,21,378 2,906

4,028 34

Jharkhand

3,43,793 184

2,646 416

3,36,058 596

5,089 4

Uttarakhand

3,37,449 274

3,642 266

3,26,822 515

6,985 25

Jammu And Kashmir

3,08,726 715

12,407 1,125

2,92,114 1,830

4,205 10

Himachal Pradesh

1,99,197 321

4,050 382

1,91,737 691

3,410 12

Goa

1,63,048 327

4,175 231

1,55,926 548

2,947 10

Puducherry

1,13,192 355

4,668 279

1,06,828 629

1,696 5

Chandigarh

61,200 40

486 21

59,917 58

797 3

Manipur

61,096 785

8,744 301

51,354 476

998 8

Tripura

60,385 536

4,886 65

54,870 596

629 5

Meghalaya

42,759 450

4,430 99

37,579 542

750 7

Arunachal Pradesh

31,938 290

2,849 40

28,934 326

155 4

Nagaland

23,854 101

2,972 229

20,423 327

459 3

Ladakh

19,649 38

552 20

18,898 57

199 1

Sikkim

18,659 209

3,239 67

15,136 273

284 3

Mizoram

15,899 268

3,637 45

12,191 312

71 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,473 9

61 2

10,408 7

4

Lakshadweep

9,297 61

484 36

8,768 96

45 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,280 11

105 4

7,049 15

126

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