UK reports 77 new Indian COVID-19 variants

UK health officials have identified 77 new CCP virus variants that were first identified in India. There are two mutations that can contribute to increased infectivity and resistance to the vaccine.

up to date update Published Thursday, the British Public Health Service (PHE) has designated a new mutant virus, known as B.1.617, as a “variant under investigation” (VUI), which is present for both PHE and its international partners. He said he continues to monitor closely.

PHE Said 73 new variants were found in the United Kingdom and 4 in Scotland.

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Two women will self-manage the COVID-19 test at the Mobile Novel Coronavirus Testing Center in Clapham Common, southern London, on April 13, 2021. (Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP via Getty Images)

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, World Health Organization COVID-19 technical lead, said the variant was first seen in two Indian states at the end of 2020, and since then the proportion of COVID-19 cases in the country. States to increase. (WHO) Health Emergency Program.

India is experiencing a major wave of CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus infections, with 217,353 new cases and 1,185 deaths reported on Friday.

According to Van Kerkhove, the Indian variant has two mutations, E484Q and L452R, which are found in other variants around the world.

The presence of these two mutations is a “concern,” she said. “For example, these mutations have similarities and increase transmission rates, and some of these mutations can lead to reduced neutralization and affect response. Vaccines includes.”

The British government is currently conducting surge tests in London and Midland to control the spread of the first CCP virus variant identified in South Africa. It is believed to be more resistant to antibodies than older variants.

Department of Health (DHSC) Said On Friday, following the identification of confirmed cases of South African variants, additional tests and genomic sequencing were provided in the areas of interest in Birmingham’s Smethwick / Cape Hill, Sandwell and Ladywood, Jewelry Quarter, and Soho District. There is.

According to the DHSC, all people over the age of 16 who live or work in these areas are “highly recommended” to undergo a PCR test, whether or not they are symptomatic.

Surge tests are already underway in several districts in southern London and northern London, with dozens of cases found.

According to the latest official data, 600 cases have been found in the UK, an increase of 56 cases in the past week.

Professor John Edmonds, an infectious disease expert at the London School of Economics and Tropical Medicine, told ITV that if a mass test fails to control a South African variant, the government May need to re-impose local COVID-19 restrictions. Plague Podcast on Wednesday.