Two COVID variants detected in Maharashtra, Kerala: Govt

‘No reason to believe that they are responsible for upsurge of the outbreak’

Two COVID variants detected in Maharashtra, Kerala: Govt

Civic workers sanitise the premises CSTM amid coronavirus pandemic in Mumbai, on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. PTI

New Delhi, February 23 

Two variants of SARS-CoV-2 -- N440K and E484K—have been detected in Maharashtra and Kerala but there is no reason to believe presently that they are responsible for the surge in cases in some districts in these two states, the Centre said on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference here, NITI Aayog Member (Health) V K Paul said that 187 people have tested positive for the UK strain of SARS-CoV-2 in the country so far, while six people have detected with the South Africa variant. Also, one person has tested positive for the Brazil variant strain.

“Both the N440K and E484K variants of SARS-CoV-2 have been detected in Maharashtra. In Kerala and Telangana also these variants have been found. Also, three others—UK, South Africa and Brazil variants are there in the country. But there is no reason for us to believe that they are responsible for the upsurge of the outbreak in some districts of Maharashtra and Kerala,” Paul said. PTI 

Top Stories

Population-based Covid vaccination from Monday, registrations open from 9 am

Population-based Covid vaccination from Monday, registrations open from 9 am

Appointments can be booked between 9 am and 3 pm

India records 16,752 fresh COVID cases, biggest single-day jump in 30 days

India records 16,752 fresh COVID cases, biggest single-day jump in 30 days

Death toll mounts to 1,57,051 with 113 fresh fatalities

Mann ki Baat: Aatmanirbhar Bharat is national spirit, says PM Modi

Mann ki Baat: Aatmanirbhar Bharat is national spirit, says PM Modi

Calls for 100-day campaign to clean up water bodies, harvest...

Azad praises PM Modi for being ‘frank’ about his past as ‘tea-seller’

Azad praises PM Modi for being ‘frank’ about his past as ‘tea-seller’

Remarks come a day after Azad and other ‘G-23’ dissident lea...

Punjab’s budget session from Monday, fireworks likely

Punjab’s budget session from Monday, fireworks likely

Opposition to corner govt over ‘failure’ to honour its poll ...

Cities

View All