The WHO describes the India variant as causing global concern

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GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization announced on Monday that variant B.1.617, first identified in India, has been classified as a variant of global importance.

“We classify it as a variant of a concern at a global level,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical director for COVID-19, in a briefing. “There is some information available that suggests increased portability.”

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