According to the World Health Organization (WHO), no new variants have been discovered in Nepal, aside from those that have already been confirmed.
“No new variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in Nepal, according to WHO. Alpha (B.1.1.7), Delta (B.1.617.2), and Kappa (B.1.617.2) are the three confirmed variants in circulation (B.1.617.1). Delta (B.1.617.2) is the most common variant currently in circulation in Nepal, according to the WHO.
The WHO’s announcement comes just hours after the British tabloid Daily Mail UK reported on Thursday that the country’s foreign holidays are in jeopardy due to ministers’ concerns about a new Covid variant. “Scientists have alerted ministers to the mutant strain, which is believed to have originated in Nepal and has spread to Europe. The strain may be resistant to vaccines, according to the paper.
On May 18, the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) confirmed that Alpha (B.1.1.7), Delta (B.1.617.2), and Kappa (B.1.617.1) were discovered through gene sequencing at India’s CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, a WHO-recognized center of excellence in genomic sequencing.
The scientists, however, warned of a new variant discovered on Wednesday night, according to the British tabloid.
The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) also dismissed reports of a new variant’s detection and presence in the country. Dr Sameer Kumar Adhikari, the ministry’s assistant spokesperson, stated that the government would conduct a proactive investigation in such cases. “At this time, no new variant has been discovered. Only three variants have been confirmed,” he added.