India marked a grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, reporting 314,835 new daily cases, the highest one-day tally anywhere, as its second wave and similar surges elsewhere raised new fears about the ability of health services to cope. Hospitals across northern and western India including the capital, New Delhi, have issued notices to say they have only a few hours of medical oxygen required to keep COVID-19 patients alive. Professor Srinath Reddy said it is expected the “triple mutant” strain will be tracked elsewhere.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Reddy said: “A double mutant was first reported with features that were previously noted in Brazil and South Africa and then in California.
“Another mutant has been described and found in other parts of India.
“While the double mutant has been noted in more than 20 countries, this triple mutant which has just been described has been tracked in India and I’m sure it will be tracked elsewhere too.
“But how dangerous is it and how it can escape vaccine potential?
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“It ought to be studied but certainly, it does appear that this is now ramping up the cases.”
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