According to Reuters, the Indian government has issued a notice to social media platforms asking them to delete content related to the “Indian version” of the COVID-19 virus.
The letter from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology sent on Friday was not made public, but was seen by several news outlets.
It was not clear which social media outlet received the letter, but the Indian government recently ordered Twitter to delete the tweets and ordered Facebook and Instagram to delete posts that deal with the coronavirus epidemic. Were important.
“There is no such variant of COVID-19 scientifically cited as such by the World Health Organization (WHO).
In any of its reports, the WHO did not associate the term “India variant” with the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus, “the letter said, adding that the phrase was “completely wrong.”
A variant of the coronavirus was first discovered in India last year, and B.1.617 is believed to be the cause of the latest wave of COVID-19 cases in South Asia.
The World Health Organization classifies it as a variant of global concern, and there is evidence that it is more contagious than other strains of the virus.
But while India’s approach to censoring information about coronaviruses and variants is staggering, WHO and other health organizations and scientists are critical to the practice of mentioning viruses and variants with geographic nicknames as it is stigmatized and inaccurate.
The WHO’s 2015 guidance for naming infectious diseases discourages the use of place names, human names, or animal species names.
However, as National Geographic explains in its very good lecturer how the types of viruses get their names, current naming conventions are cumbersome and confusing, making it difficult for non-scientists to understand or remember. National Geographic reports that the WHO is working with virologists to create a new way of naming the virus.