Coronavirus | Four cases of South Africa variant of virus found

A worker collects a swab from a car window at a test centre in Goldsworth Park in Surrey

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This has been announced by Director-General of Indian Centre for Medical Research Dr Balram Bhargava. "All travellers have been tested, quarantined and ICMR-NIV is attempting to isolate and culture the SA variant".

"One case was found in a person who returned from Angola, one from Tanzania and rest from persons who returned from South Africa", he said. All travellers and contacts have been tested and quarantined.

"A case of Brazil variant of SAS-CoV-2 detected in the first week of Feb. Virus strain successfully isolated and cultured at ICMR-NIV-Pune".

More than 100 days later, he developed symptoms and tested positive yet again. "South African and Brazilian variants are different from the United Kingdom variant", said DG ICMR.

The 58-year-old patient with a history of asthma tested positive for the virus in September.

The team of French researchers said "reinfections have been described but remain rare albeit probably underestimated", and due to undersurveillance, it is hard to confirm whether the researchers found the first true case of reinfection with the variant, per the Washington Post.

"There are no direct flights from South Africa or Brazil, so the health ministry and the civil aviation ministry are in touch on the steps to be taken on the matter", Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told a news conference.

He added that the United Kingdom strain which emerged in September 2020 has so far spread to 86 countries including India. The Civil Aviation ministry is looking in it, he said.

Stating that India should continue its vigil to contain the COVID virus despite the fall in number of active COVID cases in India and vaccines member (health) NITI Aayog V.K. Paul, noted that India is now giving COVID vaccines to 24 countries. Daman & Diu & Dadra & Nagar Haveli have a recovery rate of 99.88%.

Till day 31 of the vaccination drive (15th February 2021), a total of 4,35,527 beneficiaries were administered the vaccine. Out of which, 2,99,797 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 10,574 sessions for the first dose and 1,35,730 HCWs received the second dose of vaccine.

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