No Case Of New C.1.2 Variant Reported In India So Far, Govt Sources Say

No case of new Covid-19 variant C.1.2 has been reported in India so far, sources in the government said on Wednesday.

No case of new Covid-19 variant C.1.2 has been reported in India so far, sources in the government said on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Earlier this week a study found a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 in South Africa and many other countries globally which could be more transmissible and evade protection provided by vaccines according to researchers.

Scientists from National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) in South Africa said the potential variant of interest, C.1.2, was first detected in the country in May this year. Since C.1.2 has been found in China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, England, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland as of August 13, they said.

According to the yet-to-be peer-reviewed study posted on the preprint repository MedRxiv on August 24, compared to C.1, C.1.2 has mutated substantially this at one of the lineages which dominated the SARS-CoV-2 infections in the first wave in South Africa. The researchers said, the new variant has more mutations than other variants of concern (VOCs) or variants of interest (VOIs) detected worldwide till now.

Meanwhile, India has reported 41,965 new Covid-19 cases, 33,964 recoveries and 460 deaths in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Wednesday. The active caseload in the country is 3,78,181 now. The total vaccination coverage stands at 65,41,13,508, with 1,33,18,718 doses having been administered in 24 hours.

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