UK strain of Covid-19 currently dominating parts of north India: says health body chief

NCDC director Sujeet Singh said the B1.1.7 lineage of SARS CoV-2 (UK variant) is declining in proportion across the country

The UK strain of Covid-19 is currently dominating parts of north India while the double mutant variant is found mostly in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat.
Director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Sujeet Singh said that the B1.1.7 lineage of SARS CoV-2 (UK variant) is declining in proportion across the country in the last month and a half.
The B.1.1.7 (UK strain) is dominating parts of north India including Punjab (482 samples), Delhi (516), followed by Telangana (192), Maharashtra (83) and Karnataka (82), Singh said.
The double mutant variant, also known as B.1.617, is mostly dominating Maharashtra (761), West Bengal (124), Delhi (107) and Gujarat (102), he added.
The double mutant variant, also known as B.1.617, is mostly dominating Maharashtra (761), West Bengal (124), Delhi (107) and Gujarat (102) Singh said the South African variant, also known as B.1.315, was predominantly found in Telangana and Delhi.
Singh said the South African variant, also known as B.1.315, was predominantly found in Telangana and Delhi.
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Image: Representational image.
The Brazilian variant (P1) was only found in Maharashtra in a negligible proportion.S
Singh said there is a frequent written communication on the variants by the Health ministry and NCDC to all states and union territories.
He advised states and union territories to keep strict surveillance in the districts reporting new variants of concern where they can take up stringent public health measures including contact tracing, genome sequencing of positive samples of persons having history of international travel.



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