First case of B.1.617 Covid-19 variant found in Pakistan

Sunderland City Council have confirmed that a

Sunderland City Council have confirmed that a"very small number of cases of the Indian variant have been recorded in Sunderland

According to it, B.1.617.1 is found in 41 countries, B.1.617.2 in 54 countries and B.1.617.3 in six.

The report said B.1.617 had shown increased transmissibility, while disease severity and risk of infection were under investigation.

While the B.1.617.2 found in India is named Delta, B.1.1.7 found in America is Alpha, B.1.351 found in South Africa is named Beta and the variant P.1 found in Brazil is named Gamma.

When counting up the total number of countries and regions reporting each variant, the World Health Organization added together those from which it had official and unofficial information.

The variant, known as B.1.617, was first detected in India in late past year.

The B.1.617 viruses are divided in three lineages - B.1.617.1, B.1.617.2 and B.1.617.3.

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Even as India's deadly second wave continues to weaken in most parts of the country, a sluggish vaccination drive remains the country's biggest challenge in ending the pandemic.

Together, lineages of the B.1.617 variant were officially recorded in 53 territories and unofficially in another seven.

A surge in Glasgow may also be driven by the variant.

Globally over the past week, the number of new cases and deaths from COVID-19 continued to decrease, 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. This "will be easier and more practical to be discussed by non-scientific audiences", it said.

Health authorities in Thailand had confirmed the country's first cases of the variant first identified in India in a Thai woman and her 4-year-old son who were reportedly put in state quarantine since arriving from Pakistan, it said. The mortality rate rose to a one-month high of 1.16 percent.

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