British officials may declare India as one of the first new coronavirus strains to be found in India as a “concern variant”, the BBC reported, with India’s main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi saying the deadly second COVID-19 wave spreading across the country would not only “destroy” our people Also for the part.
According to the BBC, UK scientists have identified evidence that the Indian version of the virus spread faster than the original version, Reuters news agency reported on Friday.
The BBC says scientists have identified a version that was first found in India as a “form of concern”, with more than 500 cases of the variant recorded by 2020, the BBC reported. Last week.
Public Health England (PHE), which suspended its weekly data release on variants on Thursday, did not immediately comment on the report.
Jeff Barrett, director of the Welcome Sanger Institute’s COVD-19 Genomics Initiative, says the vast majority of patients with B1.11171.2.2 in the UK and around the world are more susceptible to this infection than older versions of the virus. Years “.
“It’s probably as contagious as the B-11171 Kent, which is very widespread in the UK,” Barrett told BBC Radio, referring to strains found in south-east England that fueled Britain’s second COVID-19 wave.
The original India variant, B.1.6.17, was first identified in October, but Public Health England (PHE) has classified three separate subtypes, all with different variations.
The WHO says the form has already spread to more than a dozen countries, forcing countries to block or restrict movement from India.
Other forms of concern include variants first identified between Kent, southeastern England and South Africa and Brazil, and Barrett said there was reassuring evidence from real-world research on the effectiveness of vaccines on them.
“It paints a comparatively positive picture that vaccines are going to continue to be effective,” he said.
“So obviously we need to experiment extra for new variants like this and really find some kind of evidence about this.”
Chris Murray, a prominent U.S. disease model at the University of Washington, says the perfect level of infection in India in a short period of time suggests that the “escape form” can boost any immunity from natural infections.
The infection has now spread from overcrowded cities to remote rural areas, where about 0.3 percent of the 1.3 billion population.
Although North and West India are prone to this disease, South India now seems to be becoming a new hub. The share of daily growth in the five southern states of the country has risen from 26 per cent in the first seven days of the year to 33 per cent, according to the data.
‘Explosive waves threaten India and world’
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, a senior leader of the Congress party in India, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prepare for another national lockdown, to expedite the nationwide vaccination program and to scientifically track the virus and its mutations.
Gandhi said there was a responsibility “in a globalized and interconnected world” to stop the “explosive” growth of Kovid-19, which borders the world’s second-most populous country.
“India has one out of every six people on the planet. The epidemic has proven that our size, genetic diversity and complexity make India a fertile ground for rapid change of the virus and transform itself into a more contagious and more dangerous form, ”wrote Gandhi.
“The uncontrolled spread of the virus in our country will be devastating not only for our people, but for the whole world.”
On Friday, India added another record every day to coronavirus cases, 414,16, bringing the total number of new cases to 1.57 million for the week. The death toll from COVID-19 rose 3,915 to 234,083.
Medical experts say that the actual levels of COVID-19 in India are five to 10 times higher than the official length.
In the past one week, India has recorded an additional 1.5 million new infections and daily deaths due to hospitals running out of beds and treatment oxygen.
Since the onset of the epidemic, it has reported 21.49 million cases and 234,083 deaths. It currently has 3.6 million active cases.
In recent weeks, religious festivals and political rallies have attracted thousands of people, and after turning into a “super spreader” event, Modi was widely criticized for not acting too quickly to quell the second wave.
His government was also criticized for lifting social sanctions soon after the first wave and for delaying the country’s vaccination program, which experts say is India’s only hope for controlling the second CVD-19 wave.
Although India is the world’s largest vaccine maker, it is struggling to produce and distribute enough drugs to stem the tide of Kovid-19.
Modi stressed that Indian states must maintain the vaccination rate. Although at least 157 million doses of the vaccine have been given in the country, its vaccination rate has declined sharply in recent days.
The Mint quoted Amartya Lahiri, a professor of economics at the University of British Columbia, as saying: “
“Our target of five million a day is a low threshold for what our goal is, and even at that rate, it would take a year for each of us to get two doses. Unfortunately the situation is extremely dire.
Meanwhile, India’s healthcare system is crumbling under the weight of patients, with hospitals running out of beds and medical oxygen. Morgue and cremation parks and car parks cannot handle the number of dead and cremated pyre burns.
In the southern city of Chennai, one of the 100 oxygen-powered beds and two of the 100 beds in the intensive care unit (ICU) were empty on Thursday, up from more than 20 per cent at zero every two weeks ago, official data showed.
In Bangalore, the technology capital of India, also in the south, the ICU had only 23 out of 590 beds, and 1 out of 50 beds with a ventilator was empty, a situation officials say points to an impending crisis.
Test-positivity rate – 125.5 million people tested in the city, an 80 percent increase from three percent to about 39 percent on Wednesday, up from about 13 percent two weeks ago.
HM Prasanna, president of the Karnataka State Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association, said there were 325,000 active Kovid-19 cases in Bangalore, with 20 times more beds than ICUs and high-dependency units (HDUs).
“Every patient who comes to the hospital needs an ICU or HDU bed … that’s why patients are rushing from one hospital to another in search of an ICU bed,” he said.
“Treatment also has a low supply of oxygen … Now most small hospitals that cannot collect oxygen on a daily basis are refusing to admit Kovid patients.”