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6 Things You Need Know About The Indian COVID-19 Variant

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

KOKO News had earlier reported that Prof Oyewale Tomori spoke about the detection of the fatally dangerous Indian COVID-19 variant in Nigeria. The detection was made by the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in the Redeemers University, Ede, Osun State nearly three weeks ago.
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Indian COVID-19 Variant

As this detection has been communicated to the Nigeria Centre for Disease 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 was first detected in India in October 2020.

3.The variant has been classified by the World Health Organization as a “variant of global concern”.

Indian COVID-19 Variant

4. Between January and March, the variant was detected in 220 out of 361 Covid samples from Maharashtra, a state in Western India.
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5. Experts around the world believe that the variant is rapidly spreading and has an impact on the second wave of COVID-19 in India.

6. According to WHO, the variant has been discovered in 44 countries as it was detected in more than 4,500 samples that were uploaded from those countries.

Indian COVID-19 Variant

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