News > Explained: B.1.617 variant and the surge

Explained: B.1.617 variant and the surge

Indian Express | 15/04/2021 11:12 PM | Click to read full article

The National Institute of Virology (NIV) shared limited data showing a break-up of 361 genome-sequenced samples collected between January and March this year.

The headline finding from the analysis: the presence of a double mutation was detected in 220 — almost 61 per cent — of the samples. This double variant was last week classified as the “B.1.617” variant. What is the B.1.617?