Coronavirus Strain First Found In India Named "Delta Variant"

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Coronavirus variants with clunky, alphanumeric names have now been assigned the letters of the Greek Alphabet in a bid to simplify discussion and pronunciation while avoiding stigma.

Pakistan on Friday confirmed that the "Indian strain" of the coronavirus - a "double-mutant" variant - was detected in the country, Dunya News reported.

The World Health Organization revealed new names on Monday for COVID-19 variants of concern which have to date been known by multiple names and numbers.

In the United Kingdom it's thought the Indian variant - or rather a particular type of it known as B.1.617.2 - could be spreading more quickly than the Kent variant, which was responsible for the surge in cases over the winter.

The Kent variant, for example, has the scientific name B.1.1.7 but will soon become known as Alpha.

The P.1 Brazilian variant has been labelled Gamma.

"While they have their advantages, scientific names can be hard to recall and are prone to misreporting".

As we've been hearing today, concern remains over a variant first discovered in India that is thought to be more transmissible.

India registered record deaths due to Covid exactly a week back with 4,529 deaths - the highest number of fatalities from Covid infection in any country since the coronavirus outbreak was reported in China's Wuhan in December 2019.

On May 15, England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said that the B.1.617.2 variant of COVID-19, first identified in India, is likely to take over and dominate in the UK.

It may also be incorrect, as there's evidence the mutations that mark at least some of the variants have arisen independently in several different places.

The Greek alphabet contains 24 letters but there is no plan yet as to where to go next if they are exhausted.

"There's definitely issues with stigmatization where the variants are being described and then labeling them based on that country. I think it's just a lot for people to think about this far down the line".