.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Citizens wait outside Thane Nurses Training Vaccination Center to receive a dose of COVID-19 vaccine, in Thane, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (PTI Photo)

  • Some media reports termed the B.1.617 variant of COVID-19 as the "Indian variant," Centre said
  • The government said that these media reports are "without any basis, and unfounded"
  • The WHO said it does not "identify viruses or variants with names of countries they are first reported from"

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Family members mourn the death of COVID -19 victim at Patna Medical College and Hospital during COVID-induced lockdown, in Patna, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (PTI Photo)

  • India’s second COVID-19 wave seems to have flattened but the climb down will be a more prolonged, he said
  • There is no indication the mutant versions are more lethal, Shahid Jameel said
  • "Even if the curve starts to decline, we will continue to have to deal with a large number of infections every day," he said 

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Beneficiaries wait to receive COVID-19 vaccine dose at a vaccination centre in New Delhi, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. (PTI Photo)

  • India variant of COVID-19 has been found in 44 countries worldwide, the WHO said
  • The B.1.617 variant of coronavirus was first found in India in October last year
  • Britain has reported the largest number of COVID-19 cases caused by B.1.617 variant, outside India

.Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
People argue with police personnel at a COVID-19 vaccination centre after vaccine shortage, at Mallathahalli in Bengaluru, Tuesday, May 4, 2021.( PTI Photo)

  • Karnataka has 464,363 active cases currently 
  • As many as 132 people died of COVID-19 in Bengaluru in the last 24 hours
  • On Tuesday, positivity rate in Bengaluru was 33%

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The second wave of COVID-19 has massively hit India and has caused havoc in India's healthcare system. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Researchers have found another mutant of the novel coronavirus - N440K
  • The new variant is '10 to 1,000 times more infectious' than the known strains of COVID
  • The second wave of COVID-19 has massively hit India and has caused havoc in India's healthcare system