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SAJA advises news organisations against using ‘India variant’ term for new COVID-19 strain

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The South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) is advising news organisations against using the term ‘India variant’ or ‘Indian variant’, while describing the new strain of COVID-19 that reportedly originated out of India. In a statement, the association said that its guidance is in keeping with best practices issued in 2015 by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which warns that the naming of diseases, viruses or variants after the countries from which they originate could stigmatise the people living there.

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