COVID-19: First CT Resident Diagnosed With South African Variant
Feb 17 2021
This has been announced by Director-General of Indian Centre for Medical Research Dr Balram Bhargava. Their contacts have been isolated and tested.
The South African variant was detected in four people last month and the Brazilian one in one person this month, they said, adding that the strains can more easily infect a person's lungs than the United Kingdom mutation. All travellers and contacts have been tested and quarantined.
The Health Ministry said it was "making an effort to examine the extent of the outbreak" in Israel's northern triangle region, made up of Arab towns and villages where the inoculation rollout has lagged behind the rest of the country due in part to mistrust in the central government.
Bhargava also informed that as many as 187 people have tested positive for the United Kingdom variant in India.
He said that the ICMR-NIV is attempting to isolate and culture the South African variant of SARS-CoV-2, while the Brazil variant of SAS-CoV-2 has been isolated and cultured at ICMR-NIV-Pune.
Several areas of Manchester were already being offered surge testing after the discovery of the South African variant a few weeks ago. This is a good strategy.
He added that the United Kingdom strain which emerged in September 2020 has so far spread to 86 countries including India. "I hope- we might follow this similar strategy for flights from South Africa & Brazil", secretary of Health Ministry Rajesh Bhushan said. The Civil Aviation ministry is looking in it, he said.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the daily new Covid cases fell below 10,000 for the fourth time this month, taking India's tally to 1,09,25,710, while fresh fatalities remained below 100 for the tenth time this month.
The present active caseload now consists of just 1.25% of India's total Positive cases.
On Tuesday, Malta registered 102 new coronavirus cases while two more people died of the virus. Daman & Diu & Dadra & Nagar Haveli have a recovery rate of 99.88%.
As many as 87,20,822 beneficiaries have been vaccinated through 1,84,303 sessions, as per the provisional report till 8 AM. Some 2.5 million have received the second dose.