Is there an India variant of COVID? What does this mean?Updated: May 12th, 2021
Yes, there is a variant of COVID-19 first found in India which appears to spread more quickly than other variants.
Known as ‘the B.1.617 mutation’, it is possibly partly responsible for the devastation we’re currently seeing in India, though the Indian government says that this link is not yet ‘fully established’.
The World Health Organization recently named it ‘a variant of global concern’, a status also given to variants from South Africa, the UK and Brazil.
Guidance for preventing the spread of this variant is the same as for other COVID-19 variants: observe social distancing, get vaccinated when it’s your turn and wear masks, particularly indoors.