WHO declares coronavirus mutation in India ‘variant of concern’
Published: Mon, 10 May 2021 22:37:24 +0000

UN health agency classifies the coronavirus mutation detected in India as ‘a variant of concern at the global level’.

Japan Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency Amid Alarming Spike in COVID-19 Variants
Published: Sun, 09 May 2021 07:24:35 +0000

Tokyo and Osaka face a prolonged, stricter state of emergency after an explosion of faster spreading COVID-19 variants.

The virus is an airborne threat, the C.D.C. acknowledges.
Published: Sat, 08 May 2021 23:57:46 +0000

Federal health officials on Friday updated public guidance about how the coronavirus spreads, emphasizing that transmission occurs by inhaling very fine respiratory droplets and aerosolized particles, as well as through contact with sprayed droplets or touching contaminated hands to one’s mouth, nose or eyes.

South Africa reports 4 cases of India variant B.1.617.2
Published: Sat, 08 May 2021 23:10:22 +0000

In South Africa, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports sequencing COVID-19 specimens from individuals with a recent travel history to India.

Indian SARS-CoV-2 variant shows enhanced host cell entry and immune evasion
Published: Sat, 08 May 2021 02:58:08 +0000

A study conducted by researchers in Germany has found that the B.1.617 variant of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that has emerged in India entered certain types of lung and intestine cells with slightly increased efficiency compared with the original wild-type strain.