India bans term “Indian variant”

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Amid global fears of the coronavirus mutant first discovered in India, New Delhi is taking action against the spread of the term “Indian variant” in online media: The Indian government asked platforms to delete all content containing the term “Indian variant.” Mutant B.1.617 has spread rapidly in India and is also ravaging neighboring countries. It has now been detected in 44 other countries.

The order for deleting content with the term “Indian variant” came yesterday from India’s Ministry of Information and Technology. It said it was “completely wrong” for content to circulate that an “Indian variant” was spreading to other countries. The reason given was that the World Health Organization (WHO) does not associate variant B.1.617 with any particular country.

Many countries ban entry from India
A number of countries have banned or imposed strict conditions on entry from India. Many health professionals and governments use country names for new coronavirus mutants that first appeared or were particularly common there.

India’s hospitals are hopelessly overcrowded, often lacking oxygen. India yesterday reported 257,000 new infections within 24 hours and 4,194 deaths. Officially, there have been a total of 295,525 deaths related to CoV infection so far – nearly half of them since the end of March.

— source: orf.at/picture: pixabay.com

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