Ireland COVID-19: The "Indian variant" raises lively concerns

03:05  20 april  2021
03:05  20 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 is still complicated, including the emergence of certain variants. In India, the cases explode after a receipt of a few months: 220,000 cases have been identified on average every day for a week. The capital New Delhi has also reconfined since Monday. The appearance of a new variant, the "Indian variant" could be at the origin of this epidemic rebound.

B.1.617 of its real name or rather the Indian or "double mutant" variant, which would therefore have two mutations. One observed on the Californian variant, the other close to Brazilian and South African variants.

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"A mutation that makes it more contagious and a mutation that would make it less accessible to the immune system. That is to say, vaccine protection. It represents nearly 55% of cases of contamination, "explains Patrick Berche, microbiologist and member of the Academy of Medicine.

55% in the state of Maharashtra, that of Bombay, the country's economic capital, between 2 and 10% of contaminations in the rest of India, which would be largely due to this recombinant detected for the first time in October , according to scientists. The "double mutant" would have characteristics of concern for Indian caregivers.

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nearly 200 cases detected in Europe

"they have a lot of cases in young subjects and even in children, continues the Professor Patrick Berche. It's quite disturbing. But it calls for verification. For the moment, it is not supported by publications. We have indications that might suggest that the virus becomes more virulent but it is not confirmed.

No items either to confirm that the variant is undetectable during PCR tests. But it a lot worries the European countries: nearly 200 cases have already been detected on the continent.

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