A crematorium volunteer runs to avoid the heat emitted from the burning funeral pyres of Covid-19 victims in Jammu, India, on Wednesday. Photo: AP A crematorium volunteer runs to avoid the heat emitted from the burning funeral pyres of Covid-19 victims in Jammu, India, on Wednesday. Photo: AP
A crematorium volunteer runs to avoid the heat emitted from the burning funeral pyres of Covid-19 victims in Jammu, India, on Wednesday. Photo: AP

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What we know about the B.1.617 coronavirus variant sweeping across South Asia

  • The coronavirus variant first detected in India appears to spread more easily and may be overpowering prior immunity from natural infections
  • But there in one bright spot: lab studies suggest Covaxin, a vaccine developed in the country, appears capable of neutralising the variant

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A crematorium volunteer runs to avoid the heat emitted from the burning funeral pyres of Covid-19 victims in Jammu, India, on Wednesday. Photo: AP A crematorium volunteer runs to avoid the heat emitted from the burning funeral pyres of Covid-19 victims in Jammu, India, on Wednesday. Photo: AP
A crematorium volunteer runs to avoid the heat emitted from the burning funeral pyres of Covid-19 victims in Jammu, India, on Wednesday. Photo: AP
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