6 things you didn’t know about India COVID-19 variant




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The India COVID-19 variant has been detected Nigeria, leading a call for concern.

The PUNCH had earlier reported the COVID-19 detected by the African Centre Excellence for Genomics Infectious Diseases the Redeemers University, Ede, nearly three weeks ago.

As this detection has been communicated the Nigeria Centre for Control, here are six things you didn’t know about the India COVID-19 variant:

  1. The Indian COVID-19 variant is officially known as B.1.617.
  2. The variant first detected India October 2020.
  3. 3.The variant has been classified by the World Organization as a “variant concern”.
  1. Between January and March, the variant detected in 220 361 Covid samples from Maharashtra, a state in Western India.
  2. Experts around the world believe the variant is rapidly spreading and has an impact on the wave of COVID-19 in India.
  3. According , the variant has been discovered in 44 countries as it was detected in 4,500 samples were uploaded from those countries.

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