Coronavirus: variant from India found in at least 44 countries, World Health Organization says


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The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that a variant of Covid-19 behind the acceleration of India ’s explosive outbreak has been found in dozens of countries all over the world. The UN health agency said the B. 1.617 variant of Covid-19, first found in India in October, had been detected in more than 4,500 samples uploaded to an open-access database “from 44 countries in all six WHO regions”. “And WHO has received reports of detections from five additional countries,” it said in its weekly epidemiological update on the pandemic. Outside India, it said that Britain had reported the largest...