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“Both the N440K and E484K variants of SARS-CoV-2 have been detected in Maharashtra. In Kerala and Telangana also these variants have been found," Dr Paul said.(ANI)

Government says 2 new variants not behind Covid-19 surge in Maharashtra, Kerala

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 08:17 PM IST
NITI Aayog Member (Health) V K Paul said that 187 people have tested positive for the UK strain of SARS-CoV-2 in the country so far, while six people have detected with the South Africa variant. Also, one person has tested positive for the Brazil variant strain.
Health experts have stressed both the vaccines' safety and efficacy.(Pixabay)
Health experts have stressed both the vaccines' safety and efficacy.(Pixabay)

EU to speed approval of variant-modified coronavirus vaccines: Report

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 08:48 AM IST
The European Commission has come under fire from EU member states over delays to deliveries of vaccines.
The E484K mutation is the same change as has been seen in the B.1.351 variant first seen in South Africa and the P.1 variant seen in Brazil.(AP)
The E484K mutation is the same change as has been seen in the B.1.351 variant first seen in South Africa and the P.1 variant seen in Brazil.(AP)

Covid-19 variant in UK picks up worrying South Africa mutation

UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 08:24 AM IST
Vaccine makers suggested that it could make immunity from vaccines and infection of the old variant less effective.
One of the three main variants experts are watching was discovered in the United Kingdom late last year and has been detected in dozens of countries since.(AP)
One of the three main variants experts are watching was discovered in the United Kingdom late last year and has been detected in dozens of countries since.(AP)

How many variants of the coronavirus are there?

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 10:39 PM IST
Monitoring variants is important because of the possibility that they could make vaccines and treatments less effective, or change the way they infect people.
A medical worker performs a fast PCR test in a test container in Austria.(REUTERS)
A medical worker performs a fast PCR test in a test container in Austria.(REUTERS)

UK Covid variant sufferers cough more, but sense of smell less affected - survey

Reuters |
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 05:38 PM IST
  • The variant, identified in southeast England in December, is thought to be more transmissible, and could also be associated with higher mortality, though data suggesting increased death rates are uncertain and not yet strong.
"Not only will this Platform help us better understand this virus and how it spreads, but it will also boost global capability in this important field," Matt Hancock said.(AFP)
"Not only will this Platform help us better understand this virus and how it spreads, but it will also boost global capability in this important field," Matt Hancock said.(AFP)

UK launches new global platform to track new Covid-19 variants

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 07:45 PM IST
Countries will be offered UK capacity to analyse new strains of the virus through the launch of the platform led by Public Health England (PHE).
Passengers from international flights arrive at Heathrow Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Matthew Childs(REUTERS)
Passengers from international flights arrive at Heathrow Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Matthew Childs(REUTERS)

UK closes travel corridors to block out new Covid-19 strains

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 07:02 PM IST
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday evening that passengers coming to the UK from anywhere must now have proof of a mandatory pre-departure Covid-19 test taken at least 72 hours earlier and self-isolate for at least 10 days on arrival.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has, however, said that it is normal for viruses to mutate, however, the more it spreads, the more opportunities it gets to change.(AP)
The World Health Organization (WHO) has, however, said that it is normal for viruses to mutate, however, the more it spreads, the more opportunities it gets to change.(AP)

New Brazilian coronavirus variant: What we know so far

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 07:43 PM IST
Following the discovery of the new variant, the UK has proactively taken steps by imposing travel bans on various South American countries
India added 16,311 new cases to its Covid-19 tally in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.(HT photo)
India added 16,311 new cases to its Covid-19 tally in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.(HT photo)

India reports six new cases of UK Covid-19 strain, tally reaches 96

ANI |
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 03:26 PM IST
After the new strain of Covid-19 was detected in the UK, the government had imposed a ban on flights coming to India from the country with effect from December 22 last year.
The situation is being closely monitored and regular advice is being provided to the states for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing and dispatch of samples to INSACOG laboratories.(HT Photo)
The situation is being closely monitored and regular advice is being provided to the states for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing and dispatch of samples to INSACOG laboratories.(HT Photo)

Government says 82 people have tested positive for new Covid-19 strain in India

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 01:17 PM IST
All the people who have tested positive for the new variant of the virus were kept in single-room isolation at designated healthcare facilities by the respective state governments, the ministry had earlier said.
Thiruvananthapuram: An elderly woman pumps sanitizer on the hands of students before entering the premises of a university.(PTI)
Thiruvananthapuram: An elderly woman pumps sanitizer on the hands of students before entering the premises of a university.(PTI)

6 cases of new Covid-19 strain detected in Kerala

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 10:18 PM IST
According to medical experts, the new UK strain is at least 70 per cent deadlier than the normal one and its contagion rate is also very high.
Air India along with British Airways, Vistara and Virgin Atlantic had been plying flights to and from the UK under an air bubble agreement between the two countries(AP)
Air India along with British Airways, Vistara and Virgin Atlantic had been plying flights to and from the UK under an air bubble agreement between the two countries(AP)

Air India waives penalties for rescheduling bookings to UK, Oman, and Saudi Arabia till Dec 31

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 04:31 PM IST
Air India said that passengers who were booked to travel on now suspended flights from the UK, Oman, and Saudi Arabia can avail a one-time free rescheduling for travel completed within December 31.
Scientists have opined that the pandemic spread faster as a result of the 614G mutation, stating that some countries which were initially successful in containing the virus faltered later because of the new strain(AP)
Scientists have opined that the pandemic spread faster as a result of the 614G mutation, stating that some countries which were initially successful in containing the virus faltered later because of the new strain(AP)

UK hit by new coronavirus strain: Here’s a look at other mutations

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 12:36 PM IST
Scientists emphasised repeatedly that all viruses mutate, it is in their nature, even the flu virus mutates and thus vaccines need to be frequently updated. The coronavirus has mutated before, once at the very start of the pandemic.
South Africa currently has more than 8,500 people hospitalized with Covid-19, surpassing the previous high of 8,300 recorded in August(AP)
South Africa currently has more than 8,500 people hospitalized with Covid-19, surpassing the previous high of 8,300 recorded in August(AP)

South Africa identifies another new coronavirus strain causing surge in cases

Johannesburg | By Associated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 04:48 PM IST
The new strain, different from the one in Britain, appears to be more infectious than the original virus. South African scientists are studying if the vaccines against Covid-19 will also offer protection against the new strain.
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