An official has said that there has not been any major change or mutation in the Covid-19 strain in India. However, the Central government officials concerned are monitoring and analyzing the Coronavirus strains very close in India. Apart from this, the Government of India has been keeping a tab on the latest developments pertaining to the strain of Covid-19, the official said.
What is the new strain of Coronavirus found in the UK?
The developments have come after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that a new strain of Covid-19 has started transmitting in an unabated manner and asked people to “stay at home”. Britain’s Health Minister Matt Hancock said that the government won’t ease restrictions during Christmas 2020 and tighter measures will remain in place for some time, he said. Canada, Colombia, Morocco, Iran, Bulgaria, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, France, and Germany have announced that they were putting travel restrictions for people travelling from the UK.
The discovery of the new strain was flagged by the Covid-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) which is tasked with randomly carrying out genetic sequencing of the Coronavirus patients in the country. The COG-UK identified the new strain named VUI-202012/0 and said that changes in the region of spike protein could change its ACE2 binding capacity and change its antibody recognition. However, COG-UK also said that at this point it cannot be said that the new strain will affect the efficacy of the Coronavirus vaccines.
Coronavirus Covid-19 cases in India
Meanwhile, India has recorded 24,337 new COVID-19 cases, 25,709 recoveries, and 333 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to details provided by the Union Health Ministry. So far, India has 1,00,55,560 Coronanvirus, 96,06,111 recoveries, 3,03,639 active Covid-19 cases, and 1,45,810 deaths due to the highly contagious disease. The recovery date in India is 95.53 per cent and the mortality rate is 1.45 per cent.