Indian COVID variant found in ‘60 territories’: WHO
Published: 12:09 PM, 26 May 2021
The B.1.617 variant of Covid-19, mostly known as the Indian variant of coronavirus, has now officially detected in 53 territories, said World Health Organization (WHO) in a database on Wednesday.
Besides, the Indan variant “unofficially” found in seven other territories, taking the total number to 60, showed WHO’s weekly epidemiological update figures.
The report said the B.1.617 variant had shown increased transmissibility, while disease severity and risk of infection were under investigation.
Over the past week, the number of new cases and deaths by Covid-19 continued to decrease globally with around 4.1 million new cases and 84,000 new deaths reported — a 14 percent and two percent decrease respectively compared to the previous week, WHO said.
The WHO’s European region reported the largest decline in new cases and deaths in the past seven days, followed by the Southeast Asia region.
The numbers of cases reported by the Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Africa, and the Western Pacific region were similar to those reported in the previous week.
“Despite a declining global trend over the past four weeks, incidence of Covid-19 cases and deaths remain high, and substantial increases have been observed in many countries throughout the world,” the document said.