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10 Out of 24 Greek Alphabets named after Coronavirus by WHO


  • World Health Organization labels for Covid-19 variants


The UN health agency uses letters of the greek alphabet to avoid stigmatising nations where they were first detected.


Variants of Concern

They are said to be highly virulent and highly transmitable





Alpha

N117

Dec 18, 2020

United Country

Beta

B1351

Dec 18, 2020

South Africa

Gamma

P1

Jan11, 2021

Brazil

Delta

B16172

May11, 2021

India



Other Variants

Transmissibility is comparitively less but can cause community transmission. Found in multiple countries




Epsilon

B1427/B1429

Mar 5, 2021

United States

Zeta

P2

Mar 17, 2021

Brazil


Theta

P3

Mar 24, 2021

Philippines






Iota

B1526

Mar 24, 2021

United States

Kappa

B16171

Apr 4, 2021

India

Lambda


Mutation takes place at different parts of the world. Many more severe variants are studied.

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