This is a testing process that details the entire genetic code of an organism.
Of the 10,787 samples collected, 736 were positive for the British variant, 34 for the South African variant and one for the Brazilian variant.
The Health Ministry said in a statement: “Such [double] mutations confer immune leakage and increased infectivity. ”
India is fighting in its battle against a new surge in coronavirus cases.
The country reported 47,262 cases and 275 deaths in the most recent 24-hour period on Wednesday – the highest since the start of November.
The country has administered nearly 50 million doses of the vaccine to date – only third behind the United States and China, but its ranking declines when measured on a per capita basis, according to statistics from the Our World in Data website.
But the Indian government insisted there was no link between the recent surge in Covid cases and the new variants that were detected.
The Ministry of Health added: “Although VOCs [variants of concern] and a new double mutant variant was found in India, these were not detected in sufficient numbers to establish a direct relationship or explain the rapid increase in cases in some states. ”
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But since then, 11.7 million cases and 160,000 deaths from Covid have been recorded.
The latest spike in infection came at a time when some experts warned it was a ‘delicate phase’ for India, with the healthcare system already overwhelmed by the intense battle against the pandemic .
The Indian government has responded by reimposing strict restrictions in a number of states, including curfews and intermittent lockdowns in a desperate attempt to control the spread of the coronavirus.
A number of states have announced bans on large gatherings ahead of the Hindu Holi festival this weekend.
The Department of Health is warning states to restrict public viewing of festivals.
The ministry said in a statement: “Any laxity at this stage to ensure strict adherence to contain the spread of COVID-19, may result in the loss of momentum and advantages that our country has gained so far in the virus management. ”
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