B.1.617 Current Affairs, GK & News

Kappa Covid Variant Detected in Uttar Pradesh

Two cases of highly transmissible Kappa variant of COVID-19 were detected in Uttar Pradesh, recently. Highlights Cases were reported after genome sequencing of samples at Lucknow’s King George medical college. Genome sequencing is a laboratory process which is instrumental for characterising mutations and tracking covid-19 disease outbreaks. Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 was also found ..

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WHO names COVID-19 variants found in India

World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended several names, to label emerging coronavirus variants of global concern, after four letters of Greek alphabet. It named B.1.617.2 variant, identified first in India, as Delta. Highlights ‘UK variant’ was named as ‘Alpha’. Existing scientific nomenclature system will continue while new names will only aid public discussion using labels ..

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What is COVID Variant of Concern?

The UK scientists recently declared the new COVID-19 strains found in India as the “Variant of Concern”. What are the criteria to name a virus as “Variant of Concern”? Various national and international organisations such as CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention), COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium and Canadian COVID Genomics Network use the following ..

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Basic customs duty and health cess on medical oxygen, equipment launched

The Government of India has granted complete exemption from basic health cess on import of oxygen-related equipment and customs duty for a period of three months. Background With the COVID-19 double mutant variant B.1.617 spreading rapidly in the country, the demand for medical oxygen exploded exponentially. In order fulfil this high demand, the Government of ..

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