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National Health Ministry has also declined the report of the new ‘Nepal Variant’

The Health and Population Ministry of Nepal, on Thursday, has refuted the emergence and existence of the new ‘Nepal Variant’ of SARS-CoV-2 in response to the claim by the UK tabloid.

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The British paper, Daily Mail, published the front-page story highlighting the emergence of the new ‘Nepal mutant’ COVID-19 strain. The tabloid wrote that the new strain has infected around 20 UK citizens and the particular strain is a mutated version of an Indian strain, WHO Nepal riposted with a tweet mentioning that they are not aware of such a new variant.

“WHO, as of now, is not aware of any new strain in Nepal.” the tweet read. WHO further reemphasized that Alpha (B.1.1.7), Delta (B.1.617.2), and Kappa (B.1.617.1) are the circulating variants in Nepal, with Delta (B.1.617.2) being preponderant. 

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On Thursday, responding to the Daily Mail story, the Health Ministry issued a press conference where they denied all the bogus claims by the international media regarding the discovery of a new strain in Nepal. They further iterated that Alpha and Delta are the only circulating strains of concern and no new strain has emerged in the country. The Ministry, talking to the media, requested everyone to not spread the misinformation without adequate verification and reasons.

On Thursday, Nepal confirmed 5825 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total count to 576,936. In the meantime, 5904 people had recovered from the illness. 81 percent of the total infected people have been recovered with the death tally reaching 7630. There are around 101,839 patients undergoing treatment presently in Nepal.  

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