Friday, 21 January, 2022
TopicCovid strain

Topic: Covid strain

Scientist who discovered the Omicron variant explains why a ‘global fund’ is a necessity

Rapid tracking of emerging pathogens or variants of concern of known pathogens is key to stopping the next pandemic, epidemic or outbreak.

Why Covid variants seem to appear in Maharashtra first

Delta Plus variant, flagged as a 'variant of concern', seemingly first appeared in Maharashtra, where 21 cases have been detected so far. Its ancestor — the B.1.617 — also appeared first in the state in February.

This is what makes India’s Delta variant of coronavirus so worrisome

It has about a 40% higher transmission rate compared with alpha, which already had a 50% higher transmissibility than the original Covid strain, based on data coming out of the UK.

ICMR study finds P.2, Covid strain first found in Brazil, more severe than original variant

P.2 or B.1.1.28.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2, however, has so far had very less prevalence, with less than 0.5% of the viral samples detected worldwide showing this strain.

Govt asks social media platforms to remove content mentioning ‘Indian variant’ of Covid-19

The IT ministry Friday wrote to all social media platforms that the WHO has not linked the term 'Indian variant' with the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus in any of its reports.

Arvind Kejriwal asks Centre to cancel flight services with Singapore over new Covid strain

CM Kejriwal said the new virus strain, observed to be dangerous for kids, could reach Delhi in form of a third wave and urged Centre to work on vaccine alternatives for children.

UK likely to speed up vaccine second doses due to fear of Covid variant from India

Cases of the B.1.617.2 strain have risen to 1,313 over the past week, Public Health England said Thursday, assessing it to be 'at least as transmissible' as the so-called Kent variant.

B.1.617 ‘double mutant’ Covid strain first found in India now detected in 44 countries: WHO

Early analysis suggests B.1.617.1 and B.1.617.2 have a substantially higher growth rate than other circulating variants in India, suggesting potential increased transmissibility.

Covid variant B.1.617.2 is spreading fast in India, genome data shows

The B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus consists of at least 3 sub-lineages — B.1.617.1, B.1.617.2 and B.1.617.3. The B.1.617.2 lineage is now growing in prevalence across the country.

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BBC is Britain’s only imperial legacy with purpose, UK must value it to remain in soft-power war

It’s deeply worrying that the Johnson govt, filled with defenders of the country’s imperial past, seems intent on rendering this last great British asset valueless.

Mahindra expects strong recovery in auto sales as supply chain constraints ease

According to Mahindra, the auto industry is poised for a very strong rebound because it has been buffeted by a number of factors over the last 2-3 years.

Defence

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Won’t be silent if rules-based order challenged, envoy Lindner says as German warship visits

In an exclusive interview, the German ambassador to India said port call of the German warship Bayern in Mumbai shows the significance of the Indo-Pacific region.
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Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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