- A new variant that has come to light in South Africa.
- B.1.1.1529 strain spread to three countries.
- Tests are mandatory for international travelers.
The new variant B.1.1529 found in South Africa is subject to abnormal mutations. The South African National Center for Infectious Diseases (NICD) has already identified 22 cases related to this variant. The center said that this variant, which is prone to abnormal mutations, could have a serious impact on public health in the country and precaution should be taken. It said more vigilance was needed, especially with the relaxation of visa regulations and restrictions on international travel.
Three of these variant cases have been identified so far in Botswana and one in Hong Kong. “As per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health on November 11, screening tests are mandatory for all international travelers (international travelers coming to India from countries at risk) and those from other ‘dangerous’ countries,” Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told all states on Thursday. The letter was sent.
If, however, Kovid is confirmed positive for these passengers, their samples should be sent for genetic analysis. He also suggested that state intelligence officials coordinate with designated genome sequencing labs to expedite genetic analysis results.