The Indian or Delta variant of COVID-19 was reportedly spreading in Nepal, UK Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick said.
According to BBC, Jenrick said the Indian variant was spreading and there was “growing evidence of a further mutation- what’s become known as the Nepal variant.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said there was a “Nepal mutation of the so-called Indian variant as Portugal was moved to the amber list.
Being on the amber list means UK tourists should not visit Portugal and returnees must isolate for 10 days.
He also said it wasn’t known whether it could be “vaccine defeating”.
The government further said it did not want to take risks before the planned final easing of England’s restrictions.
The World Health Organization meanwhile said it was “not aware of any new variant of SARS-CoV-2 being detected in Nepal.”
It said that the dominant variant there was the Delta or Indian variant.
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