According to the ICMR, there is no direct correlation between the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra and some other states, and the recent mutations N440K and E484K.
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According to officials looking at changes in E484K and N440K in samples taken from some people in Maharashtra and Kerala, some mutations of Sars-Cov-2 globally have originated in India. On the other hand, health experts say that there is no direct connection between mutations and spikes in COVID cases in both the states.
According to a media report, in view of the sudden spike in Corona cases in the state, Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the country. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and officials of two ministries were also present in the meeting.
No direct connection between COVID-19 case and mutation
Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Dr Balaram Bhargava said, “There is no direct correlation between the recent upsurge in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra and some other states and the recent mutations N440K and E484K.
According to information shared by the Union Health Ministry, out of 83 patients who lost their lives in the last 24 hours in the country from Corona, 35 are in Maharashtra, 15 in Kerala, six in Punjab, five in Chhattisgarh and four in Madhya Pradesh. So far 51,788 in Maharashtra, 12,460 in Tamil Nadu, 12,294 in Karnataka, 10,900 in Delhi, 10,249 in West Bengal, 8,715 in Uttar Pradesh and 7,167 in Andhra Pradesh have died due to corona infection.
In the last week (15-21 February) in India, 1,00,990 fresh cases of corona were reported. More than 1 lakh cases were reported in a week after five weeks. Last week, 77,284 new cases of corona were reported, in this case 31% cases increased this week as compared to the previous week.
Talking about the states, the maximum corona cases increased in Maharashtra, where this week saw an increase of 81 percent. On the other hand, the average number of corona cases in India till last week was 11,430, which increased to 12,770 after this week’s figures. However, consistency has been seen in the statistics of deaths from week to week.
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