Covid-19 New mutation of Delta variant in India a worrisome trend

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Another new mutation of the Delta variant of COVID-19 has been found in India in very low numbers.

This particular variant was being monitored and assessed in the UK. So far, seven cases of the new Covid variant have been detected in Indore. These come after a genome sequencing report was released from the National Centre of Disease Control (NCDC).

Scientists of the INSACOG network who have been monitoring the variations in SARS-CoV-2 say that the AY.4.2-related findings still carry a high level of uncertainty.

Also, this lineage also carries a higher risk of illness and/or death, as per reports.

The US Centers for Diseases Control stresses that it has less than 10 reported cases of AY.4.2 in its database so far. But the UK health authorities have found 15,120 cases of VUI-21OCT-01—the other name for AY.4.2—since it was first detected in July.

AY.4.2, dubbed ‘Delta Plus’ and now named VUI-21OCT-01 by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), has been under closer scrutiny in recent days after it spread more quickly than the dominant Delta variant.

Moreover, the original Delta variant was first identified in India and later classed as Variant of Concern (VOC) in the UK. It still remains overwhelmingly dominant in the UK, making up approximately 99.8 per cent of all cases.

Also, AY.4.2 is believed to be the cause for the exponential rise in Covid-19 cases in the UK, Russia and Israel last week.


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