“Viruses are not identified by country names”-WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has clarified that viruses and their various forms are not identified by the names of the countries in which they first appeared. We are referring to them by their scientific names. Everyone was asked to follow the same procedure for these to have the same name. The WHO Southeast Asia division tweeted this on Wednesday.

Earlier, the central government had mentioned the same. The central government has commented on reports that the WHO has revealed that the Indian Covid-19 variant has been seen in 44 countries. The WHO did not classify this variant as ‘Indian’. The central government has said in a report on the issue that the WHO did not use the word “Indian”.

A report released by the WHO states that the B.1.617 variant is of concern to the world. However, many news articles describe this type as the ‘Indian variant’. The central government explained that this was baseless. It is said to be the fourth-worst variant after being found in Britain, Brazil and South Africa. It was added to the list because it appears to be much easier to spread than the original virus.

The B.1.617 variant is also known as the double mutant. It has been found to severely damage antibodies. This variant is thought to be the reason for the sudden increase in the number of cases. This variant appears to have been found in approximately 4,500 samples in 44 countries. The double mutant virus was first identified on October 5, 2020. It is not widespread in our country.

Due to the increase in the number of Covid cases in our country between March-April, the Central Government has not established a link between this variant. It only said that this could be the cause. Variants in the virus are natural, and some types may be more powerful than others.

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