Raipur. The second wave of COVID is ringing alarm bells across the country. The rising number of new patients with each passing day is frightening. More than 2 lakh new patients have appeared in the last 24 hours. For the first time, COVID cases have crossed two lakhs in a single day in the country. But more than 80 per cent of these cases are from 10 states where the second wave of COVID is wreaking havoc.
A genome sequencing expert claimed that double mutations were detected in 61 per cent of the total 361 samples for COVID-19 between January and March this year. These 361 samples were tested at genome sequencing laboratories in Maharashtra. After which, speculations are rife that this double mutation is responsible for the current COVID infection in Maharashtra.
Mutations in the virus are common, and when the nature of the virus changes, it harms the body. It takes time from doctors to scientists to know its effects and symptoms. But many times, the nature or behaviour of the virus changes completely after double mutations. Immunity also proves to be inadequate in such cases, which makes the virus even more dangerous.
Vijay Raghavan, the principal scientific advisor to the Government of India, warned that the double mutant variant of coronavirus might prove more troubling.
He also said that this double mutant virus is spreading rapidly among people. That is why this time, COVID infection is making people more vulnerable. But the scientific advisor also informed that even though the variant is new, the vaccine can still protect us.
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