New double mutant COVID-19 variant found in India


A new double mutant variant of the coronavirus has been detected in India.

In addition to that, the health ministry said 771 other Variants of Concerns (VOCs) detected in samples collected from 18 states across India.

The new double mutant variant was discovered by the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG), which has been carrying out genome sequencing on domestic samples and samples from international travellers.

Of the 10,787 samples, 736 were positive for the UK variant, 34 for the South African variant and one for the Brazilian variant.

The report comes amid a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in India.

The ministry, however, said it could not sufficiently establish a link between the spike in cases and these variants.

India reported 47,262 cases and 275 deaths on Wednesday – the sharpest daily spike this year.

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