The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the virus variant B.1.617 first appeared in India last year and has attracted global attention.
Maria Van Kerkhova, WHO’s head of covid-19 technology, told the meeting: “This is a global concern.” “There is some information that indicates increased portability.”
On Monday, the number of new infections and deaths caused by the coronavirus in India was close to the highest daily record, which is why the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was asked to shut down the world’s second most populous country.
The WHO stated that the main variant B.1.617 was first discovered in India in December last year, although an earlier version was recorded in October 2020.
This variant has spread to other countries, and many countries have decided to block or restrict entry from India.
Van Kerkhove emphasized that more information about this variant and its three versions will be provided on Tuesday.
The head of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the World Health Organization Foundation is launching a campaign called “India Hand in Hand” to raise funds for health professionals Provide oxygen and purchase medicines and protective equipment.