COVID-19 mutant strains, N440K and E484Q, not behind surge in cases in Maharashtra, Kerala: Centre
There is no direct relation between the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra and some other states, and the mutant virus strains -- N440K and E484Q -- of SARS-CoV-2, the Centre said on Tuesday. Addressing a press conference, 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 have been detected with the South Africa variant. Also, one person has been detected with the Brazil variant so far.
"Also, the N440K and E484Q variants of SARS-CoV-2 have been detected in Maharashtra, Kerala and Telangana. Also, three other mutated strains -- one each from the UK, South Africa and Brazil are already present in the country.