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'Not just about the strain...' WHO lists reasons for increased virus transmission in India

May 11, 2021, 11:29 AM IST

There is more than just one factor associated with increased transmission of Coronavirus cases in India which include social mixing and relaxation of some public health and social measures, WHO Technical Lead (Covid-19) Dr Maria Van Kerkhove has said.

"B.1.617 has been classified by the WHO as a variant of interest at the global concern. The variant has several mutations that are of interest in terms of its ability to potentially cause increased transmissibility," Dr Maria Van Kerkhove said during a briefing.

"This is just one variant circulating in India. There is also the B.117 (UK variant) which has been identified as a variant of concern because it has demonstrated increased transmissibility and this variant has replaced other circulating strains in many countries," she added.

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