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COVID-19 and its variants are wreaking havoc in India. While the second wave faced by the country is particularly attributable to the emergence of a new variant, B.1.617, also called "double mutant", a new strain of the virus has just been discovered. This time, it would be.
The anxiogeneous term "triple mutant" means that three different strains of COVID-19 have joined to form a new variant. For example, B.1.617, the "double mutant" which is currently holding international attention,, which makes it among other things more contagious.
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Scientists do not yet know much about the "triple mutant", except for the time, it would have already been detected in the states of Delhi, Maharashtra, Western Bengal and Chhattisgarh,.
In an interview with NDTV, an epidemiology professor at McGill University, Madhukar Pai, assured that this variant was "more communicable". The ongoing studies on this new strain should learn a little more about its danger in the coming days.One million cases in four days
India is completely submerged by the outbreak of the epidemic on its territory. The country has just recorded a world record of COVID-19 contamination in one day, with more than 310,000 new cases identified in the last twenty-four hours. Over four days, the number rises to a million cases,.
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the major cities of the country are the main homes of contamination. Among them figure New Delhi, the capital, where the health service is at the edge of the chasm. Megacity hospitals are, while drugs are missing throughout the territory.
This situation also concerns internationally. While the Indian "double mutant" has already been detected in several countries of the world, particularly in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia and the United States, the emergence of this umpteenth variant does not grow to optimism. For its part,mandatory to all travelers from India.
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