India – New deadly variant possibly linked to surge in Covid19 cases
The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) revealed that it has discovered a new N440K variant of COVID-19 in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam and other parts of the state. The CCMB experts believe that this new variant can be the reason behind the havoc in the state.
The AP strain, which was first found in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool, is being considered 15 times more virulent than the other variants of Covid19.
The authorities explained, earlier a patient suffering from the infection will take up to 7 days to develop hypoxia or dyspnea stage, but it has been observed that patients with this new strain are getting serious within 3-4 days of contracting the infection. This situation has made the already stressed healthcare system more pressured as the requirement of hospital beds with oxygen and ICU has increased manifolds.
The current surge of the virus has already overwhelmed the healthcare system with hospital beds, oxygen and even crematorium space in short supply.
Several states are under localised lockdowns and curfews, but the government is reluctant to impose a national lockdown, for fear of the impact on the economy.
Variants are already outracing vaccination progress in many parts of the world, fueling bigger outbreaks that spread faster. While some rich nations that secured effective vaccines early have seen their epidemics wane, the virus is still spreading like wildfire in developing economies, prolonging the pandemic.