COVID “Variant of Concern” Found in India

India has been one of the countries hit hardest by COVID-19 recently. They have recorded roughly 234,083 deaths, and the rate of infection is increasing drastically as people struggle to find adequate healthcare due to facilities and hospitals becoming overcrowded. 

In the midst of the crisis, a COVID-19 variant has been detected in India. It has been labeled a “variant of concern” by Public Health England.

In Maharashtra, a densely populated state, this variant is one of the most commonly transmitted strains of COVID-19. 

Variants of concern are considered more contagious by the World Health Organization. Similar variants have been located in other countries such as Brazil and South Africa.

The variant is receiving a lot of attention due to its incredibly high transmissibility, and it was noticed due to sharp increases in COVID-19 cases in specific regions of India, including Maharashtra. 

The Prime Minister of England, Boris Johnson, has emphasized that it’s important to treat this variant carefully. He recommended heightened precautions and increased testing wherever the variant is recorded. 

Vanessa Hackethal’s Medpage Today article, “India’s COVID-19 Variant: What We Know So Far,” describes how there were already high numbers of COVID-19 cases in India in December of 2020, and at one point, it appeared as though they had naturally achieved herd immunity. However, it is believed that variants like this one are causing reinfections, leading to a sharp increase in both deaths and infections. 



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