Indian variant of COVID-19 spreads as quickly as misinformation about ‘most infectious’ virus – ABC News

The new cases confirmed in Melbourne this week have been identified as belonging to the B.1.617 lineage of the virus, colloquially known as the “Indian variant”. According to Professor Sutton, while it usually took between six and seven days for a person to pass on COVID-19 after becoming infected, current cases were being transmitted “within a day”.

“Unless something drastic happens, this will become increasingly uncontrollable,” he warned.  The variant has also worried health officials elsewhere, with Public Health England, for example, declaring B.1.617.2 to be a “variant of concern” on May 6, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) following suit on May 12.

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