WHO addresses new mutant Covid IHU variant detected in Marseilles, France | news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site

The World Health Organisation has finally addressed a new Covid variant first detected late last year, as concern about the latest strain spreads across the globe.The new strain, dubbed “variant IHU” or B. 1.640.2, was first officially recorded in France last month, after patients began falling ill in the Marseilles region in November.At least 12 cases of variant IHU, which is believed to be linked with travel to the African nation of Cameroon, were confirmed in southern France after being discovered by researchers from the The Méditerranée Infection University Hospital Institute (IHU).

Source: WHO addresses new mutant Covid IHU variant detected in Marseilles, France | news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site

Will omicron – the new coronavirus variant of concern – be more contagious than delta?

It’s too early to say whether the newly identified omicron variant is going to overtake delta. But particular mutations in the new strain have researchers deeply concerned.

Source: Will omicron – the new coronavirus variant of concern – be more contagious than delta? A virus evolution expert explains what researchers know and what they don’t

CDC Document Warns Delta Variant Is as Contagious as Chickenpox

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Covid in India and the Indian Variant in the UK 

The Covid B.1.617.2 variant (also known as the Indian variant) is one of the factors driving the current pandemic in India. It has also been linked to recent increases in cases among unvaccinated people in the UK, which now has the highest number of cases of the Indian variant outside India itself. According to The British Medical Journal, cases of the Indian variant in the UK have risen by more than 160% in the week to 20 May. The variant is still predominantly affecting the north west of England and London, but there are clusters across the country. More

Source: Covid in India and the Indian Variant in the UK – CounterPunch.org