WHO classifies triple-mutant Covid variant from India as world well being threat

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will attend a press conference at WHO headquarters on July 3, 2020, organized by the United Nations’ Association of Geneva Correspondents (ACANU) in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus was organized in Geneva.


A World Health Organization official said Monday that the highly contagious triple mutant variant of Covid that is widespread in India is being classified as a “worrying variant” on a global scale.

Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead for Covid-19, said the agency would provide more details in its situation report on Tuesday, but added that the variant known as B.1.617 poses a global health threat.

“And as such, we classify this as a variance of concern on a global scale,” she said during a press conference. “Although some preliminary studies have shown increased transferability, we need much more information about this virus variant in that line in all sublines, so we need to do more targeted sequencing.”

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