India - Press Information Bureau
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
No direct relation between Cases surge in Maharashtra & some other States and mutant strains N440K and E484Q: ICMR
Posted On: 23 FEB 2021 7:10PM by PIB Delhi
There is no direct relation between the recent surge in COVID19 cases in Maharashtra and some other States with the mutant virus strains N440K and E484Q of COVID19. This was clarified by Dr Balram Bhargava, Director General, ICMR at the weekly Press Conference on COVID19, here today.
DG, ICMR further clarified that these two virus strains have been detected in other countries too and are not specific to India. Moreover, they have been found earlier in some States in India. The E484Q strain was earlier detected in four sequences in Maharashtra in as early as March and July 2020. The N440K mutation has been reported on 13 different occasions between May and September 2020 in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Assam. The current upsurge in Maharashtra cannot be attributed to the currently discussed point mutations.
However, the situation is being constantly monitored. As further scientific evidence emerges, it shall be duly shared.
(Release ID: 1700259)
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