New Delhi: The concerned Central government over the term used 'Indian Variant' for the mutant variant caused to the current spike of the COVID cases in India and diagnosis of cases with the variant abroad, is said to have written to social media companies urging them to dissuade contents that names the variant Indian.
In the missive, the information technology (IT) ministry has reportedly noted the World Health Organisation's classification of the variant as just B.1.617 and a variant of global concern.
It also wanted the social media companies to remove all contents that called it Indian variant without any basis.
The government called the usage of 'Indian Variant' for the B.1.617 variant is unacceptable as nowhere in the WHO's directive identified the variant with India. Reports said that the Ministry does not want the variant to be identified with India, claiming that it would hurt both communication and the image of the country.
Meanwhile, doctors and virology experts across the globe would generally refer each mutated variant to the place where it was originally identified as did with the UK South Africa and Brazil variants.
There is a call from the concerned experts no elements that cause contagious diseases should be identified to any particular country lest it leads to any ethnic targeting.
The Modi government in India is under constant criticism for its light-hearted approach towards the pandemic despite warning from the experts to a possible second wave emergence, which in turn claimed thousands of lives.