The South African strain of the coronavirus has been detected in four people in India and the Brazil variant has been seen in one, the government said today. The traveller and contacts have been tested and quarantined.
A hospital patient from CT was transferred to an unidentified hospital in the city with the region's first confirmed case of the variant, but officials haven't found evidence of community spread in New York, Cuomo said during a press briefing. "All travellers have been tested, quarantined and ICMR-NIV is attempting to isolate and culture the SA variant". "The virus strain has been successfully isolated and cultured at ICMR-NIV, Pune, and experiments to assess vaccine effectiveness are underway", said Dr. Bhargava speaking at the Health Ministry's press conference.
Positive cases will be sequenced for genomic data to help scientists and public health officials understand the variant and its spread.
The companies said the preliminary findings "do not indicate the need for a new vaccine to address the emerging variants", but they are "prepared to respond" with updates to their shot if necessary.
The strain has sparked significant concern because it has increased transmissibility and showed to diminish vaccines' efficacy, with several companies now planning for variant booster shots to raise protection against the strains. This is a good strategy. "I hope- we might follow this similar strategy for flights from South Africa & Brazil", secretary of Health Ministry Rajesh Bhushan said. In South Africa, there have been people who have recovered from the initial virus and have been reinfected with the new variant.
"In another positive development, 31 states and UTs have reported a recovery rate of more than the national average".
This strain has spread worldwide since late previous year, and there are 17 reported cases across eight US states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Also, 6 States/UTs have reported no new cases in the last 24 hours. These are Sikkim, Meghalaya, A&N Islands, Nagaland, Tripura and D&D & D&N.