Research coronavirus: The outbreak of the corona epidemic that has spread across the world is also seen in the countries of South Asia. The coronavirus variant named B.1.617, found for the first time in India. It has also found in 17 countries in South Asia. In such a situation, a discussion has arisen that this variant of coronavirus spread in South Asian countries has not reached India anywhere. At the moment, scientists have not reached any conclusion yet.
Here, India has reported the highest number of cases of coronavirus this month as compared to the world. Due to these caseloads, the political and financial capitals of the country are suffering from an acute shortage of hospital beds, medical oxygen, and medicines in New Delhi and Mumbai. In this case, researchers are trying to find out why there has an unexpected surge in coronavirus cases. And whether the particular variant of coronavirus found for the first time in India should blame for this. Globally, there is a concern about the Coronavirus variant found in India.
What is the B.1.617 variant?
Senior Indian virologist Shahid Jamil stated that there are two major mutations of viruses in the B.1.617 variant that binds to human cells. The WHO also stated that the B.1.617 variant contains mutants that make the virus more contagious. Which can also evade the vaccine’s immunity. The B.1.617 variant of SARS-COV-2, also known as double mutant or Indian strain, has found extensively in Maharashtra and Delhi.
Due to this, the second wave of the epidemic has affected badly. B.1.617 variants found in more than half of the genome securing samples in many cities of Maharashtra, the country’s most affected state. At the same time, in the second week of March, the United Kingdom variant had a share of 28 percent. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the major lineage of B.1.617 was first identified in India in December. However, its older variant was found in October 2020.
What causes the rise in new cases of corona?
Researchers said that it is difficult to say what causes the rise in corona cases. WHO says that more studies urgently need for this. However, it has also said that after testing laboratory-based limited samples. It can be said that new variants are responsible for the increase in corona cases.
WHO further said that it would be difficult to say anything clearly on this because the B.117 variant found in the United Kingdom has also seen an increase in coronavirus cases in some parts of India. At the same time, according to Sujit Kumar Singh, director of the National Center for Disease Control. There were double cases of coronavirus in Delhi due to UK variants after mid-March. Singh said, however, that the Indian variant of the virus is widespread in Maharashtra.
Can vaccines prevent this?
The good thing is that the vaccine introduces in India is working well against the B1.617 variant. White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said earlier this week that preliminary evidence from lab studies suggests that the Indian-developed coaxing is capable of neutralizing the B1.617 variant of the coronavirus. Public Health England said it is working with international partners. But currently has not found no evidence that the Indian coronavirus variant and the two previous variants related to it cause more serious illness or whether these vaccines reduce the effect.
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