British and South African variants: The double mutation is spreading rapidly in India

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In India, the number of new corona infections is increasing rapidly. In addition, an insidious double mutation is spreading, against which the available vaccinations are apparently powerless.

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In India, new corona infections are rising rapidly again.

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India is particularly troubled by an insidious mutation consisting of the British and South African variants.

India is particularly troubled by an insidious mutation consisting of the British and South African variants.

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“One has the impression that people are completely carefree about Covid-19,” says a doctor from Mumbai.

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  • A mutation is spreading in India, which is made up of the variants from Great Britain and South Africa.

  • The region around the megacity of Mumbai is particularly affected.

  • “One has the impression that people are completely carefree about Covid-19,” said a doctor.

India groans under the corona virus. According to information from the Times of India, almost 60,000 new infections with the corona virus were reported on Friday, and 257 people died of it. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, 11,850,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus and over 160,000 have died.

Now India is struggling with another problem. An insidious double mutation of the virus, made up of the British and South African variants, is spreading across the country. “We were able to detect the double mutation in 206 cases from the Maharashtra region, in nine cases in Delhi and also in other regions,” explains Sujeet Kumar Singh from the Indian “National Center for Disease Control”. In the Nagpur region, 20 percent of the cases are double mutations.

«Completely carefree»

The Maharashtra region with the metropolis of Mumbai is particularly affected by the recent increase in the number of cases. Two thirds of all new infections in India come from this region. That is why random samples of corona tests are now being carried out at Mumbai train station. “One has the impression that people are completely carefree about Covid-19,” complains Afreen Khan, a doctor at the mobile test center, to the German “Tagesschau”.

India plans to have 300 million people vaccinated against the coronavirus by the middle of the year. The Asian country has almost 1.4 billion inhabitants, which makes it the second largest country in the world in terms of population. In order to move forward with vaccination as quickly as possible, the government has now relaxed the rules: All over 45-year-olds and people without previous illnesses can now be vaccinated.

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