A “new variant” of COVID-19 was found in Singapore that could result in the third wave of infections in India and impact kids.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a Tweet on Tuesday, 18 May, claimed that a “new variant” of COVID-19 was found in Singapore that could result in the third wave of infections in India and impact kids. The tweet gained over 14,5k retweets and more than 54,000 likes as of this writing.
सिंगापुर में आया कोरोना का नया रूप बच्चों के लिए बेहद ख़तरनाक बताया जा रहा है, भारत में ये तीसरी लहर के रूप में आ सकता है।— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 18, 2021
केंद्र सरकार से मेरी अपील:
1. सिंगापुर के साथ हवाई सेवाएं तत्काल प्रभाव से रद्द हों
2. बच्चों के लिए भी वैक्सीन के विकल्पों पर प्राथमिकता के आधार पर काम हो
The Chief Minister of Delhi then made two appeals to the Central Government:
- Air services with Singapore to be canceled with immediate effect
- Vaccine options should also be prioritized for children.
B.1.617.2 ORIGINATED IN INDIA
To find out, we checked local news reports from Singapore and the World Health Organization website. We could not find any reports on the new variant found in the country. We investigated variants and mutation trackers of the NYT, which also had no information about the new COVID-19 variants.
“There is no truth in the assertion that there is a new COVID strain in Singapore.” by singapore in india.
There is no truth in the assertion that there is a new COVID strain in Singapore. Phylogenetic testing has shown that the B.1.617.2 variant is the prevalent strain in many of the COVID cases, including in children, in recent weeks in Singapore.https://t.co/uz0mNPNxlE https://t.co/Vyj7gyyzvJ— Singapore in India (@SGinIndia) May 18, 2021