In India, which is the third country most affected by Covid-19 to date, the number of cases is increasing day by day.
In the country, where approximately 12 million cases were seen, more than 160 thousand people died, while 47 thousand 262 cases were recorded last day, while 275 people died from the virus. The number of cases and casualties announced was recorded this year as the highest number of cases in a day in the country.
As a result of tests conducted in 18 states, it was announced that a ‘double mutant’ Covid-19 variant was detected in one person in the country. It was announced that 736 of the 10,787 tests performed by the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium, which consists of 10 national laboratories affiliated to the Indian Ministry of Health, were British variants, 34 were South American and one was Brazilian variant.
‘TWO MUTATIONS COMBINING TOGETHER IN THE SAME VIRUS’
Shahid Jameel, a virologist at the Indian Ministry of Health, explains that the double mutant is “two mutations coming together in the same virus”. “Double mutation in key areas of the spike protein of the virus can increase these risks. It can allow the virus to escape from the immune system and become more contagious. .
“Such double mutations escape the immune system and increase contagion,” said virologist Jameel, “There may be a separate Covid-19 strain that developed in India by the combination of L452R and E484Q mutations,” the Ministry of Health of India said in a statement.
The government of India underlined that the increase in the number of cases is not related to mutations.