There has been a frightening development in India regarding the coronavirus. A “Double mutant” variant has been detected in the western states.
In the western states of India, it was reported that the “Double mutant” variant of the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) has been detected.
206 of the samples from Maharashtra in the west, one of India’s most affected states, identified a double mutant variant of Covid-19, US News reported, citing Sujeet Kumar Singh, director of india’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The new variant was also found in nine examples in the capital, New Delhi, the report said.
Indian scientists believe the variant is a hybrid of two different types of Covid, Dailymail reported. The Health Ministry said the variant had not been detected in as high numbers as India’s latest wave of infections.
The unnamed variant has two main mutations. These are: E484Q and L452R. “It’s probably the same thing we’ve seen in other variants like in Brazil and South Africa,” said Dr. Simon Clarke, a molecular biologist at the University of Reading. They all have multiple mutations.”
Three cases of the New York variant have been identified for a month in the UK. The variants seen belong to the E484K mutation, which could make vaccines less effective.
Dr Clarke also described the claims that the variant seen could be more contagious as a bit bold. Dr Clarke added: “It’s entirely possible that this variant has some immune resistance, but the claim is definitely pretty bold.”
11.7 MILLION CASES HAVE BEEN SEEN SO DOWN
Today, 47,262 new cases have been announced in the country. In the last 24 hours, 275 people have died as a result of Covid-19 caused by coronavirus.
There have been 11.7 million cases in India so far. More than 160,000 people have died as a result of Covid-19.
Earlier this month, cases increased at a time when the capacity of the country’s health system was struggling. Some restrictions, such as curfews, have been reinstated in the states.