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Covid variant first detected in India is found in the UK | India News


NEW DELHI: A new highly infectious double mutant Covid-19 variant that was first detected in India has now been found in the UK, prompting Boris Johnson to cancel his trip to India.
Variant B1617 was designated a ‘variant under investigation’ by Public Health England on Thursday, meaning it has epidemiological, immunological or pathogenic properties and requires investigation. PHE said that as of April 14 it had identified 77 cases of the Indian variant in Britain: 73 cases in England and four in Scotland.
Variants first detected in Kent in the UK, Brazil and South Africa have subsequently been designated “variants of interest” in the UK. The Kent (UK) variant (also known as B117) remains the dominant variant in Great Britain.
PHE said: “The variant, first detected in India, includes a number of mutations including E484Q, L452R and P681R.”
E484Q and L452R are found separately in other coronavirus variants, but were first found together in India.
“PHE has identified 77 cases of this variant in the UK and all appropriate public health interventions will be carried out, including better contact tracing. PHE and international partners continue to monitor the situation closely, ”said PHE.
Together, E484Q and L452R are known to be more infectious, more transmissible, and prevent antibodies. The India variant is likely to be driving, at least in part, the current exponential increase in cases in India, which is putting pressure on India’s healthcare infrastructure.
Professor Christina Pagel, a member of the Independent Sage, a group of independent scientists who provide scientific advice to the UK government, who is Head of the Operations Research Unit at UCL, tweeted: “B1617 is concerning because it has some potentially worrisome mutations that They are NOT seen in Cepas SA, Kent or Brazil. This variant could escape the action of T cells and antibodies. India is going through a big increase: combination of B117 and new B1617. Johnson shouldn’t be going on a trip to Delhi this month! Craziness! You cannot transmit Covid over Zoom. The situation in India is very bad and it is getting worse. Frankly, it’s crazy that Bangladesh and Pakistan are on the UK travel red list countries, but India is not. ”
International visitors who have traveled to or from UK Red List countries in the previous 10 days will be denied entry to Great Britain. Only British citizens and those with residency rights in Great Britain will be allowed entry and will be forced into mandatory quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days at a cost of £ 1,750 (Rs 1.7 lakh) per adult and undergo Covid-19 testing. .
Pakistan and Bangladesh were added to the UK travel red list on April 9. But so far India has not been included in the list.

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