Friday, 19 August, 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. 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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Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


Su-57, the Russian 5th generation fighter aircraft Photo by Snehesh Alex Philip

Russia wants to build next generation tanks, submarines with India

As the second regiment of the S-400 Triumf air defence system starts getting delivered, Russia said it expects the serial production of AK 203 rifles in Amethi to begin in late 2022-early 2023.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.