On Saturday, India’s health ministry said the country had 401,993 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the biggest increase per day since the outbreak.
Shahid Jameel, India’s leading virologist, has warned of a slight mutation in some samples of COVID-19 that he said should be studied more closely.
Jameel, chairman of the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genetics (INSACOG) scientific advisory group, told Reuters on Sunday: [INSACOG scientists] Is seeing some mutations to take place in certain examples that may avoid an immune response. “
Virologists declined to elaborate whether mutations were detected in Indian or other strains of the coronavirus.
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A coronavirus (COVID-19) patient was found in an ICU at the Holy Family Hospital in New Delhi, India.
He explains, “Unless you cultivate them and test them in the lab, you can’t say for sure” for the consequences.
“As of now, there is no reason to believe they are expanding or potentially dangerous. But we set up a flag for us to keep our eyes on the ball, ”Jameel stressed.
The observations come as INSACOG seeks to understand what is behind the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases in India today, and B.1.617, the first locally detected variant, may be the cause. Or not
So far, the World Health Organization (WHO) has refused to declare the Indian breed a This was a “worrying variable” but pointed out that the mutation had a higher growth rate than the other circulating species in India.
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Russia’s first Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 was delivered to the Indian city of Hyderabad on Saturday.
The growing coronavirus infection in India has disrupted health systems in many parts of the country, including the capital New Delhi, which has been hit by a shortage of medical oxygen and hospital beds.
The country’s health ministry said on Saturday the number of people positively diagnosed with the coronavirus since the start of the outbreak has reached 19,164,969, according to the ministry, according to the ministry. 3,523 to 211,853 in the last 24 hours.
In a separate development on Saturday, the first Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine was delivered to the Indian city of Hyderabad more than two weeks after it was authorized for emergency use by the country’s public health agency.
Russian Ambassador Nikolay Kudachev expressed confidence that delivering Sputnik, one of the world’s most effective vaccines against COVID today, will help the country in South Asia. “Soothe the second wave and save lives”