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The Indian corona variant B.1.167 was classified by the WHO as a "worrying variant". In Germany, the mutation has only been detected sporadically.

Update from Thursday, May 13th, 2021, 5.44 p.m .: The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Germany observed a growing proportion of the Indian Corona variant at a "very low level". According to an RKI report, the mutant B.1.617, classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “worrying”, was only detected in a few samples, “but its proportion has increased steadily in the last few weeks”.

This amounts to less than two percent of the samples examined. The British, significantly more contagious variant B.1.1.7 continues to dominate the infection rate in Germany, the Berlin institute continues. Variants B.1.351 (which first appeared in South Africa) and P.1 (which appeared in Brazil), which are also classified as "worrying", continue to play only a subordinate role.

Corona pandemic: WHO classifies the Indian variant as "worrying"

First report from Thursday, May 13th, 2021, 9.26 a.m .: Geneva - The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the Indian mutant of the coronavirus as a "worrying variant". The WHO senior scientist Maria Van Kerkhove announced this week. So far, only the so-called British, South African and Brazilian variants have been given this name by the Geneva authorities.

Hundreds of thousands of people are infected with the virus every day in India. Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, around 22.6 million infections have been counted on the subcontinent.

Indian corona variant B.1.617: No evidence of lower vaccine effectiveness

As Van Kerkhove explained to the German Press Agency (dpa), the information available would indicate "increased transferability" of the Indian variant. In addition, the human immune system could react less strongly to the mutant B.1.617, the scientist continues.

The WHO divides Covid variants into two categories: variants under observation ("variants of interest"), which are widespread, and "variants of concern", ie variants that give rise to concern. The latter are more contagious or harder to fight forms of the coronavirus. In the case of the Indian variant, rapid spread was observed.

Initial results of laboratory studies indicated a “moderate reduction in neutralization by antibodies”. But there is still no evidence that tests or vaccines are less effective against the Indian corona mutant, says Van Kerkhove.

Corona pandemic: Indian corona variant sweeps across the subcontinent

The World Health Organization reports that the number of new corona infections is steadily falling in most regions, including Europe and the two American continents. However, both South Asia and Southeast Asia continue to see strong increases. Last week, more than 5.4 million cases and almost 90,000 deaths related to the coronavirus were counted worldwide. The number of unreported cases is probably many times higher.

The Indian health system is completely overwhelmed with the raging variant B.1.617. There have already been several deaths due to a lack of oxygen in hospitals. In the meantime, Germany and other countries have sent emergency aid to India. According to the WHO, the corona variant B.1.617 has now been detected in more than 40 countries.

Indian Corona variant has only been detected sporadically in Germany so far

On the banks of the Ganges, the holy river of the Hindus, numerous corpses were recently washed ashore, which could be Covid deceased. This is reported by Deutsche Welle. The terrifying images caused horror among locals in India as well as on social media. The approximately 40 lifeless bodies were discovered near the border between Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, two of the poorest states on the subcontinent.

As Deutsche Welle speculates, the bodies could have been thrown into the river because the cremation sites were overcrowded or relatives of the deceased could not afford wood for a pyre. In many places in the country, the crematoria and cemeteries are completely overloaded due to the devastating wave of infections.

As the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) explains in a current report, the mutation was first discovered in the Indian state of Maharashtra. In Germany, however, the corona variant B.1.617 has only been detected sporadically so far. (Nail Akkoyun)

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