5th May, 2021
The double mutant variant (B1.617) of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in the states of South India. Earlier, the N440 variant of the coronavirus in South India became a cause for concern. According to scientists at the Center for Cell and Molecular Biology (CCMB), double mutants are spreading faster than the N440 variant.
Former CCMB director Rakesh Mishra said that after Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the impact of double mutants has increased in Telangana as well. Earlier this year, CCMB analyzed five thousand variants in detail. It was found that the N440 variant is spreading much faster in South India than other variants of the coronavirus.
CCMB scientist Divya Tej Sowpathi said that the double mutant is outpacing the N440 variant in the states as well as Kerala.
Sowpati said that during the first wave of Corona, variants of N440 had caused concern in South India, but in the second wave, double mutants such as B1.617 and B117 are rapidly replacing it, ie double mutants infection in more patients. Is being found only.
He said that there has not been much data about Kerala, but whatever little data has been found, it shows that B117 is spreading rapidly in the state.
Three new spike protein mutations have occurred in the double mutant i.e. B.1.617. According to Sowpati, double mutants spread faster in February than in March.
In a webinar last month, Director of the National Center for Disease Control, Sujit Singh said that in many cities of Maharashtra, more than 50 percent of the samples were found to have a double mutant variant, while in the second week of March, 28 percent of the samples were found in the UK.