India detects South African, Brazilian Covid variants, South Asia News & Top Stories

  • India detects South African, Brazilian Covid variants, South Asia News & Top Stories

India detects South African, Brazilian Covid variants, South Asia News & Top Stories

Cases of the United Kingdom strain have soared across the nation since the beginning of the new year, with the number now around 1,000 cases, including 70 in NY, 42 in CT, and 36 in New Jersey. All confirmed cases are quarantined and treated. "All travellers and their contacts tested and quarantined", Dr Balram Bhargava, DG ICMR, said.

He said we know less about that variant - like whether it transmits more easily - but we do know that it evades protection from antibodies, diminishing the protections of prior infections and vaccines. "Further investigation is urgently needed to assess cross immunity against VOC 501Y.V2, and to monitor vaccine effectiveness against new variants".

"We have done disembarkations, mandatory RT-PCR tests for travellers coming from UK".

Positive cases will be sequenced for genomic data to help scientists and public health officials understand the variant and its spread. This is a good strategy.

"There are no direct flights from South Africa or Brazil, so the health ministry and the civil aviation ministry are in touch on the steps to be taken on the matter", Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told a news conference.

India's total Active Caseload has dropped to 1.36 lakh (1,36,872) today.

The recoveries have surged to 1,06,33,025 with 11,805 more patients having recuperated in a day, and India's Recovery Rate of 97.32 percent is amongst the highest in the world, it said in its update of cases till 8 AM.

On Tuesday, Malta registered 102 new coronavirus cases while two more people died of the virus.

"In another positive development, 31 states and UTs have reported a recovery rate of more than the national average". Daman & Diu & Dadra & Nagar Haveli have a recovery rate of 99.88%.

This strain has spread worldwide since late past year, and there are 17 reported cases across eight USA states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These are Lakshadweep, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Chandigarh, J&K (UT), Meghalaya, Ladakh (UT), Manipur, Haryana, A&N Islands, Rajasthan, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and D&D & D&N.

Also, 6 States/UTs have reported no new cases in the last 24 hours.