Q. Consider the following statements regarding Kappa Variant of Covid-19
1. This variant is first identified in India
2. It is recognised as a ‘variants of concern’ by the WHO.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: A
Notes:

Recently, two cases of the Kappa variant of Covid-19 have been recorded in Uttar Pradesh (UP). 

  • According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Kappa is one of the two Covid-19 variants, the other being Delta, first identified in India. 
  • It is still listed among ‘variants of interest’ and not ‘variants of concern’ by the WHO. 

Source: The Indian Express