Saturday, 3 December, 2022
TopicUK variant

Topic: UK variant

UK & Indian Covid strains two most widely circulated mutant variants in India, scientists find

INSACOG says of all samples tested across 27 states, 3,523 were variants of concerns and variants under investigation. Of these, 1,877 were UK variant & 1,527 were Indian variant.

‘Double mutant, triple mutant, Bengal lineage’ — Covid variants driving India surge decoded

India has seen emergence of at least two unique mutations of SARS-CoV-2, but there are other infectious variants around the world that could be a factor too.

Cambodia on ‘brink of national tragedy’, US company peddles bleach as cure for virus variants

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.

UK Covid variant not more deadly but only more infectious, find Lancet studies

According to two studies published in The Lancet, the B.1.1.7 variant causes higher viral load in patients but does not lead to heightened risk of developing long Covid.

Severe Covid infections & younger patients — why Punjab’s ‘NRI belt’ blames UK variant for surge

Hoshiarpur & Jalandhar recorded 14 deaths each on 26 March and 9 each on 31 March. Authorities & doctors say Covid is spreading to rural areas and patients in their 40s, some even without comorbidities.

Punjab CM urges govt to widen vaccination ambit after 81% samples test positive for UK strain

Amarinder Singh urged PM Modi to widen the vaccination ambit to cover those younger than 60 as the mutant has been found to be infecting young people more.

Covid ‘X Men’ — the 7,000+ mutations in India, how to understand them & where they came from

From 'ancestral' mutation to immune evasion, find out the basics about the many Covid variants prevalent in India.

India successfully cultured UK variant of coronavirus strain, says ICMR

In a tweet on Saturday, the Indian Council of Medical Research claimed that no other country has yet reported successful isolation and culture of the UK-variant of SARS-CoV-2.

UK passengers to be tested for Covid on arrival between 8 to 30 Jan, says Health ministry

According to SOPs issued by Health Ministry on Saturday, passengers arriving from UK will also have to bring a Covid negative report from a test done 72 hours prior to the journey.

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51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.

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Indian, American soldier during Yudh Abhyas 2022 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Hand-to-hand combat, memories of ‘Vietnam & dal tadka’ — US soldiers’ takeaways from Yudh Abhyas

Held in Uttarakhand’s Auli, aim of the annual India-US joint exercise, which ended Friday, was to increase interoperability between the 2 armies & allow them to exchange best practices.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Gujarat election is anything but dull. BJP’s political neurosis about AAP is the hidden headline

Gujarat is the only state where Modi is directly in contention. Even if he wins, the team that runs him closest has much to gain.