- 7 cases identified so far
- B.1.1.7 is the name given by CCMB
- New variant mutated into 17 types
Hyderabad: As feared, new UK variant entered India which was officially announced by Central government. Seven cases have been identified so far and chances of increase in the number are there as it is 71% faster in spreading than the old mutant.
Telugu states identified two cases, one in Andhra Pradesh (Rajahmundry) and the other in Telangana (Warangal). Though the doctors said that there is no severe impact on life with new variant, people looked to be tense after hearing the news.
CCMB tests revealed that it is 71% fast spreader than old variant and they came out with a name B.1.1.7 for new UK variant.
As per the government records, 33,000 passengers came from UK between Nov 23rd to Dec 23rd, the day when International flights were suspended. India which recorded lowest ever Covid cases from June (16,332) on Dec 29th, and looking forward for distribution of vaccine, was in a shock to hear the news of new strain. This is mainly because of the New Year celebrations and festivals ahead and chance of increase in positive cases due to these.
The new variant, unlike the old one, will affect people of the age group of 30 to 60 years but not that much lethal as per doctors. But they need to be quarantined and hospitalised as per the severity. Doctors are advising to follow the same guidelines like wearing mask, sanitising hands and maintaining social distance to be on safer side. Vaccines which are developed by Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Moderna can control the new variant as per scientists.