The United Nations (UN) health agency explained the B.1.617 COVID-19 variant first detected in India in October last year was more easily spread than the original viral version, and may have increased resistance to vaccine protection.
The COVID-19 variant that is prevalent in India, which triggers faster transmission in the republic is classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Variant of Concern (VOC).
“There is some information available to show an increase in B.1.617 transmission,” WHO official leading the COVID-19 issue Maria Van Kerkove told the media.
“Therefore, we classify this as a Variant of Concern globally,” she said
The Indian variant of COVID-19 was detected in Vietnam India, affected by the world’s worst pandemic, reported nearly 370,000 new infections and more than 3,700 deaths yesterday.
A devastating wave has hit India’s healthcare system, and experts say the official figures for cases and deaths are far lower than the actual number.