After India's outbreak of COVID-19 fuelled by the new strain earlier this year, Pakistan in April imposed a ban on travellers arriving from the neighbouring country via the air, sea and land routes, he report said.
Continuing with the downward trend, India during the last 24 hours, reported 1.73 lakh new COVID-19 cases, its lowest in the last 45 days, taking the overall caseload in the country to 2.77 crore.More news: Boris Johnson marries fiancee in secret ceremony
There are some concerns that WHO's new Greek alphabet naming system has come a little too late - and now the system might make describing the variants even more complicated as there will be three potential names: their scientific name, references based on where a variant was first identified and now, WHO's Greek alphabet labeling.More news: Horror: Remains of 215 children found at Canadian school site
India's health ministry had objected to Delta being called the India variant, which scientists say is the dominant variant in the country and has been shown to slightly reduce the efficacy of some vaccines.
World Health Organization will continue to assign labels for those variants designated as Variants of Interest or Variants of Concern. Scientific names will "continue to be used in research", Dr Van Kerkhove tweeted.
The WHO had then that it did not identify viruses or variants with names of countries where they were first reported. "As a result, people often resort to calling variants by the places where they are detected, which is stigmatizing and discriminatory", the organisation said in a media statement.More news: New Zealand extends pause on travel bubble with Australia's Victoria state_china
The fatalities have also remained below 4,000 for three consecutive days. He added that he thinks it will be hard to now persuade people to start using the Greek alphabet labels.