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Indian strain of coronavirus causes global concern

12.05.2021 98 просмотров

A strain of coronavirus first identified in India has been classified as a strain of global concern due to its increased transmissibility in preliminary studies. 


This was announced by a representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) at a regular press conference on May 10.

"In consultation with our working group on the evolution of viruses, our Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) teams, as well as with our internal Some information has become available from laboratory teams that suggests increased transmissibility of strain B.1.617 There is a preprint already released, a document that has not yet been peer reviewed, and a limited number of patients that suggest that there is some decrease in neutralization. with this, we classify this as a global concern,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO COVID-19 Response Technical Lead.

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Strain B.1.617, first time discovered born in India last December, is the fourth strain of global concern that needs to be monitored and analyzed in more detail. The remaining three strains are those that were first identified in the UK, South Africa and Brazil.

India currently has the second highest number of infected cases in the world. As of May 10, the number stood at 22,662,575 with 246,116 deaths, according to the Indian Ministry of Health.

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