First Patient With South Africa Variant Confirmed In Delhi
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A 33-year-old man admitted to Lok Nayak Hospital has become the first person to be confirmed positive in Delhi for Covid-19 caused by the South Africa variant of the novel coronavirus. There are at least four more such cases in other parts of the country. He tested positive for Covid-19 on return from South Africa nine days ago and was immediately shifted to our hospital.

According to the doctor, the patient is asymptomatic. However, to ensure that the infection doesn’t spread, he has been kept under strict isolation. “We have created a special ward to isolate him so that the other patients suffering from Covid-19 caused by the UK variant or the original strain don’t get mixed.”

Multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2, such as UK, South Africa and Brazil, are now circulating globally. In Brazil, a variant of SARS-CoV-2 (known as P.1) emerged that was first identified in four travellers from Brazil, who were tested during routine screening at Haneda airport outside Tokyo, Japan. This variant has 17 unique mutations,” the US body says.

Scientists are working to learn more about these variants to better understand how easily they may be transmitted and the effectiveness of currently authorized vaccines against them. Doctors said the newer variants might not necessarily be more fatal. “We have seen 28 cases caused by the UK variant at our hospital. Most of them were asymptomatic and they were discharged after testing negative.

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