The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has clarified that no new variant (Nepal Variant) of Covid-19 has been found in Nepal. Ministry Spokesperson Dr. Krishna Prasad Poudel while issuing a press release said that serious attention has been drawn to the baseless news that a new variant has been found in Nepal in various international media and confirmed that no new variant has been found in Nepal.
Currently, only the variants of Covid-19 active in Nepal include 'Alpha (B.1.1.7)', 'Delta (B.1.617.2)' and the latest variant of Covid-19 'Delta (B. 1.617.2)'.
The new variants of Covid-19, which are included in the World Health Organization's Variant of Concern and spread in different countries, have been given different names 'Alpha', 'Gamma' and 'Kappa'.
"The Ministry of Health warns the media personnel and media outlets to be responsible for disseminating such misleading news without providing official information from the Ministry of Public Health," said Dr. Poudel, a spokesman for the ministry.
The ministry has appealed to all to be vigilant and responsible in preventing the infection and to increase the role of adhering to public health standards. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization Nepal has also clarified that it is not aware of any new variant in Nepal. The organization said that the variants in Nepal are Alpha (B.1.1.7), Delta (B.1.617.2), and Kappa (B.1.617.1) and of these, Delta is currently the active variant.Covid-19