India COVID-19 News
A new study conducted by scientists of CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) has revealed that the new COVID-19 variant N440K is spreading more in the southern states of India. The Director of CCMB, Rakesh Mishra said in a release that strict monitoring is required to understand the spread of N440K properly.
India has so far sent COVID-19 vaccines to 25 nations and in coming days will be supplying vaccines to 49 more countries. Around 60 per cent of the global COVID-19 vaccines are produced in India and in 2020 amid the pandemic, it sent medicines to 150 countries. During his address, EAM put forward nine points for the world to put "COVID-19 pandemic decisively behind us and to emerge more resilient".
In the context of the spread of mutant variant of SARS-CoV-2 in many countries, the civil aviation ministry has issued new guidelines for international arrivals. There are fresh guidelines for all international travellers coming/transiting through flights originating from the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East.
All travellers and contacts have been tested and quarantined. "The ICMR-NIV is attempting to isolate and culture the SA variant strain from the samples of these four individual returnees," he said. One Brazil returnee has tested positive for the Brazil variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the first week of February.
At least half of India`s 1.3 billion people are likely to have been infected with the new coronavirus by next February, helping slow the spread of the disease. A member of a federal government committee tasked with providing projections said on Monday. India has so far reported 7.55 million cases of the coronavirus and is second only to the United States in terms of total infections.