“Super Spreader” Corona Mutation SARS-CoV-2 is 70% more contagious

Mutated variant of Corona Virus SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in the UK following which many countries have banned connectivity with UK. The government says there is no need to panic over the mutation and that it will have no impact on the emerging vaccines that are being developed in India and many other countries.

UK’s Covid mutation is defined by set of 17 mutations or changes thus making it a super spreader in a way. Owing to mutation, the tendency of virus to enter the body cells and its transmissibility has also increased by 70%, however, there is no change in guidelines and treatment. The hyper infectiousness of this virus has not increased the propensity for severity, hospitalization or death toll of the disease.

Temporarily travel restrictions have been imposed on UK. Dr V.K. Paul of NITI Aayog says, all the details of passengers having travel history to UK from November 25 and December 23 with states will be shared with states and union territories. Pfizer, Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute Of India are seeking emergency authorization for the Covid vaccines and three applications are pending with Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).

The Union Health Ministry has issued standard operating protocols epidemiological surveillance that included activities to be undertaken for the international community of passengers at the entry point. They will be contacted and their test would be conducted subject to genetic sequencing. People are urged to be more vigilant and maintain social distancing and keep proper self protective equipment like masks and sanitisers handy, to save the gains that the country has achieved in the fight against Covid -19.

In comparison to countries like Brazil, UK, US, Germany and Russia that are showing new peaks in cases, India’s trajectory has shown a consistent decline in the graph since mid- September. On an average daily new case have shown a continuous decrease from around 46,301cases in the first week of November to 24,135 this week, also the number of deaths has reduced from 556 to 343 from November to this week.

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