Indian gov’t says number of mutant COVID-19 strain cases in country is 192

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NEW DELHI, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) — India government Tuesday said the number of mutant COVID-19 strain cases in the country is 192.

Currently, three different variants of COVID-19 are present in India.

The information was shared by the head of India’s top health research body – Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Balram Bhargava during a media briefing.

“Today we have about 187 UK variant patients. All confirmed cases are quarantined and their contacts have been isolated and tested. There has been no mortality,” Bhargava, said. “In terms of South Africa variant, four cases were we detected among the South African returnees in India and a single case of Brazil variant was detected in the first week of February from one person who returned from Brazil.”

The positive samples for the different variants are being tested at 10 Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) Labs across India.

“Neutralisation potential with UK variant of the virus is there with the vaccine that we have,” Bhargava said. “Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute of Virology (ICMR-NIV), Pune is attempting to isolate and culture the South African variant of SARS-CoV-2. Regarding the Brazilian variant strain successfully isolated and cultured at ICMR-NIV-Pune.” Enditem

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