The tally of people infected with the mutated strain of coronavirus first detected in the UK is rising and has now touched 38.
The development comes at a time when the daily surge of COVID-19 cases in India is hovering around 20,000 from the over 90,000 cases reported daily at the peak of the pandemic. The concern on the rising cases also stems from the fact that there is no clarity on whether the existing vaccines that have been developed and those under development will be effective on the new strain or not.
Notably, the UK strain of the virus has high transmissibility. On January 1, the tally of people infected with the mutated strain was 29.
38 cases of mutated strain of coronavirus
Of the 38 cases of the mutant strain, 10 have been detected at NIMHANS Bengaluru, three at CCMB Hyderabad, five at NIV Pune, 11 at IGIB Delhi, eight at in NCDC Delhi and one at NCBG Kolkata.
Not ready to take any chance, the government has started a huge genome sequencing project involving 10 laboratories across the country. Notably, the samples of 144 people of the 33,000 passengers, who tested positive for coronavirus on their return from the UK, are being tested by these laboratories for the mutated strain.
Mutated strain of coronavirus confirmed by many countries
It is important to note that the presence of the new UK variant has already been reported by Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore, so far, the ministry said.
Notably, after the new mutated strain of the virus came to the fore, several countries have banned flight operations to and from the UK, whereas many countries have made COVID-19 test reports mandatory for passengers. India has banned flights to and from the UK till January 7.
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