New COVID-19 strain found in Andhra Pradesh; here is what you must know

New COVID-19 strain found in Andhra Pradesh; here is what you must know
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It is 10 times more infectious, the scientists said as they described the lethality of the new COVID-19 strain, N44OK, found in Andhra Pradesh on May 5, 2021.

This comes hours after the discovery of the N440K variant of COVID-19 in Kurnool of Andhra Pradesh.

The new variant has also been found infecting people in Telangana, Karnataka, and some parts of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

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According to the scientists at CSIR-Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB), the N440K or B.1.1.8 variant is more infectious than its parent lineage A2a or B.1.1.8 and an unrelated A3i or B.6 variant.

However, the study conduct by scientists on the new strain did not show the N440K virus is the deadliest.

Vishal Sah, a researcher at the CCMB, said this new variant should not be considered as the definite cause behind the second of the COVID-19 in the country.

He also said that the clinical study is challenging because of the shortage of the sequencing and unavailability of clear data of the patients.

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