Amidst the rising cases of corona in the country and the shortage of medical facilities a new mutation in the virus has emerged as the new challenges. India has recently recorded nearly three lakh cases of coronavirus and over 2,000 deaths in 24 hours, the biggest ever surge since the pandemic started.
The triple mutation variant has been reported in India which means meaning three different Covid strains have combined to form a new variant. It has been detected in several parts of the country like Maharashtra, Delhi, and West Bengal, there are cases that are believed to have cases triple mutant.
MadhukarPai, professor of epidemiology at McGill University said “"This is a more transmissible variant. It is making lots of people sick very quickly."Experts believe mutations are behind the fresh Covid spikes, not just in India but across the world.
To find out how infectious the triple mutation is, or how deadly, will be known only from more studies only 10 labs across India are involved in virus genome studies. The double mutant shows increased transmission rate and is seen to affect children too. It has more severe pathogenicity, according to scientists. For now, the triple mutation has been classified in India as a "variant of interest" rather than "variant of concern".
As India is also running the largest vaccination drive, two of the three variants in the triple mutation have been seen to have immune escape responses, meaning they are more resistant to antibodies. Still much more is known yet on the effectiveness of vaccines. Scientists believe the new variant has some ability to escape the body's naturally acquired immunity to Covid.