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Australia finds highly infectious Delta variant in Melbourne virus outbreak

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Indians are happy that WHO has come up with alternate names for the variants. Not sure about the Greeks though.

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Delta, zeta... what do they do once they get to Omega? Viruses mutate, that is what they do. This frantic charade to keep "China" out of the story is so ridiculous, I don´t know if to laugh of cry.

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Do you still think this was a “Mistake” by the chinese ?

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so what did "Delta" used to be called? is this the one previously known as Indian?

Because the article also references "Kappa" and India. so "Delta" is....?

on the Kappa variant, first detected in India,

they need to give us a transition period on this type of renaming of stuff.

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Scomo should had the balls to stop them coming in. Now we have universities flying in students on private flights. What could go wrong.

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"This frantic charade to keep "China" out of the story is so ridiculous"

Yeah but the need to be politically correct takes precedence over the need to remind everyone where the virus came from.

so what did "Delta" used to be called? is this the one previously known as Indian?

Because the article also references "Kappa" and India. so "Delta" is....?

Kappa is B.1.617.1. Delta is B.1.617.2. Both originated in India.

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What happens after the omega variant. Do we start using American university fraternity names. Because I'm certainly looking forward to the lambda lambda lambda one. At least it'll have a theme song.

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Jeez just use the name of the location of the strain. This is getting to be childish. And they're still referring to MERS by that same name so do the people of the Middle East deserve any less? This is all because we refused to refer to this as the Wuhan virus. That's what that is- the Wuhan virus Indian variant. Nothing wrong with that until You deliberately use it as a derogatory label. But assigning stupid Greek alphabets to be politically correct is going to confuse everyone.

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I thought the whole point of using the Greek alphabet was to avoid associating a variant with a country to prevent prejudice against that country, but then JT goes ahead and associates Kappa and Delta with India so wtf is the point of the new naming convention???

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Naming variants after the places they originate is a good deterrent.

The Indian government caused the Indian variant by allowing the Kumb Mela and massive election rallies. The British failed in their early efforts too.

Name and shame.

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thanks! sadly they both will be appearing in Tokyo for the Olympics where they will reform as as a duo.

Kappa is B.1.617.1. Delta is B.1.617.2. Both originated in India.

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The Delta variant, which has been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as among the four COVID-19 variants of concern due to evidence that they spread more easily, likely caused the latest devastating outbreak in India.

If you have to add in a whole extra paragraph to explain what the Greek-alphabet variant means, why not just say the Indian variant?

And what has Greece done wrong to get all the variants named after it?

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More transmissible, more likely to put you in hospital, and showing signs of vaccine escape, with people vaccinated once only 30% protected.

https://twitter.com/bbcquestiontime/status/1400574503651098636

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But in all fairness, governments are working hard to keep you safe...from their viruses. Or cant I type that?

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New variant, new concern, new emergency measures, current vaccines somehow works, same old story.

Repeat, repeat, repeat....

How about the Andromeda Strain. Remember that one? All you had to do was breathe deep, hyperventilate, and you were cured.

Isn’t that a prerequisite for becoming a Prime Minister?

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RoccoLToday 05:37 pm JST

Naming variants after the places they originate is a good deterrent.

You reckon? Just watch the new variant discovered in Kobe vanish into the ether....

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20210601/k10013062871000.html

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@Alfie

If it shows up in another country and starts killing people it won't disappear..... by definition!

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WA4TKG

Do you still think this was a “Mistake” by the chinese ?

What you mean by "mistake"? The thing was not released on purpose, if that is what you mean. On the other hand, the CCP quickly found out how to benefit from the situation, so all the propaganda, the misinformation, the equipment hoarding etc etc was certainly thought through.

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Delta, zeta... what do they do once they get to Omega?

No problem, after all other shorter alphabets, Latin, Cyrillic , Kana, and such, as a last resort we can easily switch to those many tens of thousands Chinese characters. And that would still fit, in fact even better than now with those Greek ones. lol

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It is seriously not a good idea to make some flippant remark about the Chinese virus or investigating the Wuhan virus. It just ends up hurting your own fellow countrymen. Millions of dollars. Look at the rock lobster fishing industry in Australia and other sanctioned products. People are hurting.

In the end EU got China to agree to the WHO investigation anyway. Australia could have avoided sanctions. If you’re going to fight the bully you have to have a strategy.

Tread softly.

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alpha, beta, kappa, delta whatever are too gibberish for me to understand new variants. Why WHO makes things more nonsense/difficult?

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“- I - H - Π -“ has been determined to significantly increase adverse diabetic medical conditions.

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Japan should just go unilateral and use similar naming scheme to the one they use for typhoons. No need to let the people know where various strains originate.

no 1, no 2 etc.

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