New Delhi: Amid a number of controversies over referring a Covid variant with names of nations, the Government of India has issued an advisory to all social media platforms, asking them to take down any content material that refers to an “Indian variant” of the coronavirus.
According to a letter issued by India’s Information Technology (IT) ministry on Friday, the federal government has requested the businesses to “remove all the content” that names or implies “Indian variant” of the coronavirus.
The ministry within the letter emphasised that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has not related the time period “Indian Variant” with the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus in any of its stories.
“This is completely FALSE. There is no such variant of Covid-19 scientifically cited as such by the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO has not associated the term ‘Indian Variant’ with the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus in any of its reports,” the letter acknowledged, as quoted by Reuters.
Earlier this month, the WHO mentioned that coronavirus variant B.1.617, first recognized in India final 12 months was being categorised as a variant of worldwide concern. A day later, the Indian authorities issued assertion that media stories utilizing the time period “Indian Variant” had been with none foundation.
The controversy surrounding the labelling of Covid variants heated up when Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal posted a tweet referring B.1.617.2 pressure of Covivd-19 as “Singapore variant”