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WHO classifies B.1.1.617 variant as a 'variant of global concern'

We classify it as a variant of concern at a global level, Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead on COVID-19, told a briefing

twitter-logoReuters | May 11, 2021 | Updated 08:47 IST
WHO classifies B.1.1.617 variant as a 'variant of global concern'

The World Health Organization said on Monday that the B.1.617 variant first identified in India was being classified as a variant of global concern.

"We classify it as a variant of concern at a global level," Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead on COVID-19, told a briefing. "There is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility."

Also read: COVID-19 second wave: India's GDP growth can slip to 8.2% in FY22, says CRISIL

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