The SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617, known so far colloquially in Hindi because it has expanded rapidly in this country in recent weeks, is already the majority variant among new infections in the UK, while in Spain it originated in the last week, three outbreaks with 39 linked cases and the fourth is under study, according to latest news Update the epidemiological situation of the virus variants With the greatest influence in Spain from the Ministry of Health, on this Monday.
Last week, the Indian surrogate generated three outbreaks in Spain with 39 associated cases and a fourth under study
This is one of the variables that the WHO considers a concern to generate a slight increase in transmissibility and a slight decrease in the effectiveness of vaccines. Now, B.1.617 or the Indian variant changes its name and will be renamed Delta, in the case of variant B.1.617.2 (the most prevalent), and Kappa in variant B.1.617.1. This was decided Monday by scientists and experts in the viral and microbial nomenclature collected by the World Health Organization.
From now on, British, South African or Indian variants, among others that have been sequenced and monitored since the start of the pandemic, will be named with the letters of the Greek alphabet. are names “Easy to pronounce and not stigmatize”WHO says. Thus, the B.1.1.7 variant, known as British, is called alpha, B.1.351 or South African is now called beta, and P.1, Brazilian, is now called gamma.
The World Health Organization changes the naming of SARS-CoV-2 variants and names them with letters of the Greek alphabet, “easy to pronounce and not stigmatizing”
They are all classified as variants of concern. Delta, which is the most prevalent within the Indian variant to date, is of concern to the World Health Organization, but also to the United Kingdom. Scientist and Professor Ravi Gupta, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), told BBC Radio 4 on Monday that the country is living “Accelerated growth of cases”. Its epidemiological situation is good, but new infections began on an upward trajectory on May 16, when the cumulative infection rate in seven days was 21.6. Since then they have not stopped growing.
This Tuesday, the British government 3,165 new cases announced, Nearly a thousand more than seven days ago, although it did not report any deaths for the first time in a long time. The United Kingdom is one of the countries with the highest percentage of immunized people. It has more than 25.7 million people with a complete regimen and about 39.5 million with a dose.
New infections began their upward path in the UK on May 16, due to the Indian variant. Since then they have not stopped growing.
For this reason, and due to the good epidemiological situation, Spain has opened its borders to British travelers without the need for PCR since last May 24. Just a day ago, Germany decided to restrict entry to travelers from the UK, fearing the Indian alternative. Currently, Spain imposes restrictions on travelers from India only. On Tuesday, the Cabinet approved the renewal of the 40-day renewal of the 10-day period for all passengers on flights arriving from India, with and without a stopover.
According to the health report, the indica variant outbreaks reported last week had 13 cases unrelated to travel, one of which was detected; Three other cases linked to a trip to Dubai and a third outbreak with 23 cases caused by infection imported from Poland. The report notes that a possible fourth outbreak with three cases with no known travel links is awaiting confirmation. This quarantine will continue until June 13.
Spain has opened its borders to British travelers without PCR since May 24
The report indicates that five outbreaks were previously reported affecting different communities, with regard to a case imported from India. In addition, there have been five B.1.617.2 sub-series outbreaks on ships with multiple affected crew members. Three other cases have also been detected, possibly related to one of the