Articles about COVID-19 Variant

COVID-19: India reports 9K+ infections; 391 more deaths

03 Dec 2021

COVID-19: India reports 9K+ infections; 391 more deaths

India on Friday reported over 9,000 new COVID-19 cases with an active caseload of just under one lakh.

Omicron: Maharashtra asked to align travel rules with central guidelines

01 Dec 2021

Omicron: Maharashtra asked to align travel rules with central guidelines

The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday highlighted how the Maharashtra government's travel restrictions were in "divergence" with federal guidelines.

How Indian states are preparing to fight Omicron variant

30 Nov 2021

How Indian states are preparing to fight Omicron variant

Indian states have increased caution to check the spread of the new coronavirus variant called Omicron.

COVID-19: India reports 7K infections, lowest in 551 days

30 Nov 2021

COVID-19: India reports 7K infections, lowest in 551 days

India on Tuesday reported nearly 7,000 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest single-day tally in the last 551 days.

No conclusive evidence to suggest Omicron more transmissible: Top virologist

30 Nov 2021

No conclusive evidence to suggest Omicron more transmissible: Top virologist

There is no conclusive evidence to suggest that the Omicron variant of coronavirus is more transmissible or dangerous, said India's top virologist Dr. Anurag Agrawal.

Policy on booster, additional jabs in 2 weeks: NTAGI chief

29 Nov 2021

Policy on booster, additional jabs in 2 weeks: NTAGI chief

India's COVID-19 task force chief Dr. NK Arora said a comprehensive policy on the booster and additional COVID-19 vaccine jabs will be announced in two weeks.

Is Omicron variant more dangerous? Here's what WHO says

29 Nov 2021

Is Omicron variant more dangerous? Here's what WHO says

The World Health Organization (WHO) Sunday released its preliminary findings on the new B.1.1.529 coronavirus variant, dubbed Omicron.

UK: Calls for probe into Delta-plus grow amid COVID-19 surge

20 Oct 2021

UK: Calls for probe into Delta-plus grow amid COVID-19 surge

With the rapid surge in COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom, former United States' Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb called for an "urgent" probe into the Delta-plus variant.

Delta becomes globally dominant COVID-19 variant, out-competing other strains: WHO

23 Sep 2021

Delta becomes globally dominant COVID-19 variant, out-competing other strains: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said that the Delta variant of the coronavirus is now the globally dominant strain.

Mu, C.1.2 variants of SARS-CoV2 not found in India: INSACOG

15 Sep 2021

Mu, C.1.2 variants of SARS-CoV2 not found in India: INSACOG

India has so far not seen Mu and C.1.2, the two new variants of SARS-CoV2, and the Delta variant and its sub-lineages continue to be the main Variants of Concern in the country, INSACOG, the genome sequencing consortium, has said.

COVID-19 breakthrough infections in India within expected numbers: INSACOG

01 Sep 2021

COVID-19 breakthrough infections in India within expected numbers: INSACOG

The reported breakthrough COVID-19 infections in India are well within the expected numbers taking into account the total infections and other factors, genome sequencing government consortium INSACOG has said in its recent bulletin while stressing that inoculation protects from severe illness.

COVID-19 antibody that protects against broad range of variants identified

23 Aug 2021

COVID-19 antibody that protects against broad range of variants identified

Researchers have identified an antibody that is highly protective at low doses against a wide range of variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes the deadly COVID-19.

'Super-seeding' drove UK spread of Alpha variant, study shows

23 Jul 2021

'Super-seeding' drove UK spread of Alpha variant, study shows

The rapid spread of the Alpha variant of SARS-CoV-2 through Britain last autumn was driven by large numbers of infected people exporting the variant to multiple parts of the country, according to a large study.

IISc's 'warm' COVID-19 vaccine effective against all major variants: Study

16 Jul 2021

IISc's 'warm' COVID-19 vaccine effective against all major variants: Study

A heat-tolerant COVID-19 vaccine formulation developed by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru has proven effective against all current SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, according to a study in animals.

Current COVID-19 vaccines are less effective against Beta variant: Study

28 Jun 2021

Current COVID-19 vaccines are less effective against Beta variant: Study

A study of the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, suggests that current vaccines may be less effective against the Beta variant first identified in South Africa.

MP registers five cases of Delta Plus infection; one dead

24 Jun 2021

MP registers five cases of Delta Plus infection; one dead

Five persons have so far been found infected with the Delta Plus variant of coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh and one of them has died, State Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang said on Thursday.

Maharashtra reports 21 cases of 'Delta Plus' variant

22 Jun 2021

Maharashtra reports 21 cases of 'Delta Plus' variant

Twenty-one cases of the "Delta Plus" variant of COVID-19, considered highly infectious, have been found in Maharashtra so far, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said.

Delta Plus variant may trigger third COVID-19 wave in Maharashtra

17 Jun 2021

Delta Plus variant may trigger third COVID-19 wave in Maharashtra

The highly virulent "Delta Plus" variant of the coronavirus could stoke the third wave in Maharashtra, according to a presentation made at a meeting in Mumbai attended by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday.

COVID-19 variants found in India named 'Kappa' and 'Delta'

01 Jun 2021

COVID-19 variants found in India named 'Kappa' and 'Delta'

The B.1.617.1 and B.1.617.2 variants of COVID-19, first identified in India, have been named as Kappa and Delta respectively, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday as it named various COVID-19 variants using Greek alphabets.

First case of B.1.617 COVID-19 variant found in Pakistan

29 May 2021

First case of B.1.617 COVID-19 variant found in Pakistan

The first-ever case of the highly infectious B.1.617 variant of coronavirus, first identified in India, has been detected in Pakistan despite a ban on travelers from the neighboring country since April, the country's top health institute in Islamabad has said.

First case of Indian COVID-19 variant detected in Sri Lanka

08 May 2021

First case of Indian COVID-19 variant detected in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, on Saturday, detected its first case of the Indian variant of coronavirus, also known as B.1.617.

UK health authorities concerned about a particular COVID-19 Indian variant

07 May 2021

UK health authorities concerned about a particular COVID-19 Indian variant

Health authorities in England are believed to be especially concerned about one strain out of three Indian variants they have been tracking since last month.

Mathura woman contracts a South African strain of COVID-19

27 Mar 2021

Mathura woman contracts a South African strain of COVID-19

A Mathura village woman was on Friday found to have been infected earlier this month with a South African strain of COVID-19, while two district health workers have contracted the disease despite having been given both shots of anti-COVID-19 vaccine.

'Double mutant variant' of COVID-19 found in 18 states: Centre

24 Mar 2021

'Double mutant variant' of COVID-19 found in 18 states: Centre

A new "double mutant variant" of COVID-19 has been detected in 18 states in India, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

UK variant of coronavirus linked to significantly higher death rate

11 Mar 2021

UK variant of coronavirus linked to significantly higher death rate

The highly infectious variant of COVID-19 which swept across the UK last year before spreading worldwide could be 30 to 100 percent deadlier than previous versions of the virus, according to a new study.