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New variant of coronavirus confirmed in Nepal

A new variant of coronavirus has been confirmed to have spread in Nepal. Public health experts say that it is a matter of concern that the variant that destroyed India has been confirmed to have spread in Nepal.

According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 35 samples collected from different parts of the country were genetically sequenced in a lab in India last week.

According to the results obtained on Tuesday, 97% or in 34 samples, B1.617.2, and 3% or in 1 sample B1.617.1 have been confirmed. These new variants were initially found in India so they’re called ‘Indian Variant’.

So far B1.617.1 has been found in 34 countries of the world while B1.617.2 has been found in 10 different countries. Both variants have been declared global variants of concern by the World Health Organization. This variant is highly contagious and risky in all age groups, according to studies by the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Sher Bahadur Pun of Shukraraj Tropical and Communicable Diseases Hospital says that the new variant is a matter of concern. ‘The speed at which this variant spread and wreaked havoc in India, there were signs of that in Nepal too. And this is really a matter of concern.

What is the ‘Indian variant’?

Viruses usually change on their own. In the process of changing the form, the old virus becomes a new type. This is called a variant.

Different variants of the coronavirus, which was first found in 2019, have also been found. The B 1.1.7 found in the UK is known as the UK variant while the P 2 variant has been found in Brazil so it’s called the Brazillian variant.

The B1.617 variant was first seen in Maharashtra, India in October 2020. On May 10, the WHO classified B1.617 as a ‘variant of concern’.

The B1.617 variant was first seen in Maharashtra, India in October 2020. On May 10, the WHO classified B1.617 as a ‘variant of concern’.

The B1.617 variant also has three sequences, named B1.617.1, B1.617.2, and B1.617.3.

The first and second sequences are very contagious, while the third sequence is very rare. Of the two that appear to be contagious, B1.617.2 is the most common.

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