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The B1.617.2 variant of the corona virus found for the first time in India has been renamed. The World Health Organization has stated that B.1.617.2 will be known as Delta, while another variant found here is B.1.617.1 named Kappa. These forms of Corona were first identified in India in October 2020.
WHO has also named variants found in other countries of the world based on Greek alphabets. This decision has come at a time when there was a dispute about linking different variants of Corona with the names of countries. The Government of India had strongly objected to B.1.617.2 being called the Indian variant.
Labeled using Greek alphabets, World Health Organization (WHO) announces new labels for Covid variants of concern (VOC) & interest (VOC).
Covid variant first found in India will be referred to as ‘Delta’ while earlier found variant in the country will be known as ‘Kappa’ pic.twitter.com/VIEVWBGryC
– ANI (@ANI) May 31, 2021
In September 2020, the B1.1.7 variant of the first-found corona virus in Britain has been named Alpha. B1.351 found in South Africa got the beta name. The P.1 variants first found in South Africa in November 2020 will now be known as Gama.
Similarly, in March 2020, the variants B1.427 / B1.429 found in the US were won by Appalison, in April 2020, the P.2 was won in Brazil, the B1.525 variants found in several countries were ETA, the P.3 was found in the Philippines. Theta The name has been given. The B1.526 found in the US in November 2020 has got the name Lota.
Delta is being held responsible for the second wave
The delta i.e. B1.617.2 is believed to be responsible for the second wave of infection in India. This form of the virus has been found to be much more dangerous than the original virus. Apart from India, its presence has also been found in other countries of the world.
WHO’s COVID-19 head of technical affairs, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhov, tweeted on Monday, ‘The World Health Organization has renamed the corona virus to make it easily identifiable. There will be no change in their scientific names. However, its purpose is to identify them easily during the general debate. ‘
The organization said in a statement that an expert group set by the WHO recommended using Greek words such as alpha, gamma, beta gamma to easily understand the virus’s forms during normal interactions, so that the general public would also be aware of them. Do not hesitate to understand the discussion that is going on.