Govt Says N440K, E484K Variants of SARS-CoV-2 Detected in Maharashtra, Kerala, Telangana
Amid the growing cases of coronavirus in Maharashtra and Kerala, the NITI Aayog on Tuesday confirmed the presence of two different variants of the COVID-19 virus in these states. Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, while addressing the media said, “There are two variants in Maharashtra being talked about – N440 K variant and E484 K variant. Yes, these variants are there in Maharashtra, Kerala and Telangana.”
Dr. Paul further said that 187 individuals detected with UK strain, 6 people with South African strain and one with Brazilian strain till date.
Shiv Sena on Tuesday said the recent surge in coronavirus cases is a matter of concern and the opposition in Maharashtra should talk carefully about the COVID-19 crisis. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday asked people to follow “COVID-appropriate” behaviour and safety norms, and said he would observe the situation for a week to 15 days and then decide whether to impose another lockdown.