WHO: Covid variant seen in India's second wave now found in over a dozen countries
WHO says B.1.617 - a SARS-Cov-2 variant first found in India - could be more transmissible; tags it 'variant of interest'. Death toll from Covid-19 crossed two lakh in India as of April 28, 2021.
April 28, 2021 / 10:26 AM IST
A Covid care facility in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, on April 22, 2021. (Image: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP)
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The World Health Organization said Tuesday that a variant of Covid-19 feared to be contributing to a surge in coronavirus cases in India has been found in over a dozen countries.
The UN health agency said the B.1.617 variant of Covid-19 first found in India had as of Tuesday been detected in over 1,200 sequences uploaded to the GISAID open-access database "from at least 17 countries".
"Most sequences were uploaded from India, the United Kingdom, USA and Singapore," the WHO said in its weekly epidemiological update on the pandemic.
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