Indian mutation one of reasons behind COVID-19 outbreak in India

Indian mutation one of reasons behind COVID-19 outbreak in India WHO

Indian mutation one of reasons behind COVID-19 outbreak in India WHO

The announcement was made by World Health Organization lead COVID-19 scientist, Maria van Kerkhove, who said, "There is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility of the B.1.617".

"As such we are classifying this as a variant of concern at the global level", she said, adding that more details would be provided in the WHO's weekly epidemiological update on Tuesday.

"So far from the information that we have (is) the public health and social measures work, but we need to work that much harder to control any virus variants that have demonstrated increased transmissibility", she said, adding that WHO does not have anything to suggest that?our diagnostics or therapeutics and our vaccines don't work.

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Maria Van Kerkhove, a World Health Organization expert, said researchers would need to further investigate the strain. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, WHO's chief scientist, told Agence France-Presse on Saturday that the B.1.617 variant was concerning because it contains mutations that increase transmission.

"So there's really no need to change any of those, and in fact. people should go ahead and get whatever vaccine is available to them and that they are eligible for".

India, suffering from one of the worst outbreaks in the world, reported almost 370,000 fresh infections and more than 3,700 new deaths on Monday.

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"We classify it as a variant of concern at a global level", Kerkhove told a briefing.

Experts believe the variant, formally known as B.1.617, could be a key driving force behind the devastating coronavirus surge in India, which has been reporting more than 300,000 new infections daily over the past two weeks as the nation's vaccination program is hampered by shortages that could last months. That danger stems from a variant's higher transmissibility, lethality and resistance to vaccines.

The WHO says that although most regions around the world are now registering fewer infections, South Asia and Southeast Asia are experiencing dramatic increases.

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