UK: B.1.617.2 Delta #coronavirus variant cases double in four days to 2,323

The number of confirmed UK cases of the Covid variant first detected in India has almost doubled in four days, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, as experts warned it could become the dominant type of the virus imminently....More...

India: Covaxin and Covishield vaccines invoke 50% fewer antibodies against B.1.617 #coronavirus variant

Scientists at the Indian National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, have found that both Covaxin and Covishield produce half as many antibodies against the B.1.617 variant of the novel coronavirus as against the ‘original’ B.1 variant....More...

UK: Boris Johnson goes ahead with lifting lockdown and travel restrictions despite B.1.617.2

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says lockdown lifting in England will not be reversed at this stage – but has urged people to ‘think twice’. ...More...

UK: 487 reinfections for UK #coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 and 13 reinfections already for B.1.617.2

The latest UK PHE technical report shows that there have been 487 cases of reinfection recorded for the UK variant B.1.1.7....More...

WHO: Newly designated VOC within lineage B.1.617 – update on Delta coronavirus variant

In consultation with the WHO SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution Working Group, WHO has determined that viruses within the lineage B.1.617 have been characterized as a VOC....More...

UK: 1600 cases of Delta variant B.1.617.2 in Britain, now at >8% of total

According to the Covid-19 genomics UK consortium database, in sequences up to 11th May, there have been 1,604 instances of B.1.617.2, making it the second most common variant in the UK. ...More...

India: 16% vaccine breakthrough in Delhi hospital #coronavirus study

A small-scale study on 113 healthcare workers who had received at least one vaccine dose at a private hospital in Delhi found that 18 tested positive for Covid but all except one had mild symptoms. ...More...

WHO: B.1.617 Delta #coronavirus strain is now a Variant of Concern or VOC

A World Health Organization official said Monday it is reclassifying the Indian Sars-Cov-2 variant B.1.617 as a “variant of concern,” indicating that it’s become a global health threat.

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India: B1617 twice as infectious as UK #coronavirus variant B117

Early indications from an analysis of the growth of the B.1.617 variant of the Covid-19 virus has shown it to be at least twice as infectious as the UK variant and thrice as infectious as the variant behind last year’s Covid-19 wave....More...