COVID-19 Variant: News

01 Jun 2022


No concerning trends caused by new Omicron subvariants: Experts

Although India hasn't detected any concerning trends because of the discovery of new Omicron mutations—BA.4 and BA.5—experts have warned that people should remain vigilant against COVID-19.

09 Apr 2022

Union Health Ministry

COVID-19: India logs 1,150 new cases, 83 more deaths

India on Saturday reported over 1,100 new COVID-19 cases, an increase of nearly 50 cases from the previous day.

BA.2 strain not more severe than original Omicron: WHO

The BA.2 sub-variant of the Omicron variant of coronavirus is not more severe than the original strain, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

13 Dec 2021


Omicron: India reports 38 cases from 6 states, 2 UTs

The number of cases involving the Omicron variant of coronavirus rose to 38 in India with the confirmation of five new infections on Sunday.

COVID-19 third wave: WHO official issues warning on Omicron impact

Although COVID-19 cases are declining worldwide, the risk remains high in view of the emergence of the new coronavirus variant called Omicron, said World Health Organization's (WHO) South-Asia Regional Director Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh.

06 Dec 2021

Union Health Ministry

COVID-19: 2 more Omicron cases in Maharashtra; tally reaches 23

India reported two more COVID-19 cases involving the Omicron variant of coronavirus, taking the tally to 23.

05 Dec 2021


Tanzania-returnee detected with Omicron in Delhi; India's 5th case

A man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania has tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

03 Dec 2021

Union Health Ministry

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

24 Jun 2021

Madhya Pradesh

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.

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.

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'

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.

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.

08 May 2021

Sri Lanka

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.

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.

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

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

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.