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Three COVID-19 cases in Mumbai identified with the South African strain

However, reports show that two out of the three patients identified with the new virus have recovered from home isolation, the third was admitted to the hospital but he did not need oxygen or ventilator.

Three COVID-19 cases in Mumbai identified with the South African strain
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Recent study and results released in December 2020 showed that a new type of coronavirus strain was found in the United Kingdom (UK) and the same has spread among some of the patients across the world. Keeping this in mind, the government in India has been conducting search across the country, and disturbing news has been received from the Mumbai's Tata Memorial Center. 

As per reports, this centre in the city has identified three new cases of coronavirus with E484K mutation in three patients from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Experts are linking it to the Coronavirus strain identified in South Africa and it is said that the problem is related to the antibodies made in the body of patients who have recovered from the infection, makes them ineffective over this new type of the virus.

Mutations are changes that occur in the genetic material or genetic sequence of a virus on the basis of how it changes its form. 

Sharing the information, Dr Nikhil Patkar of the Tata Memorial Center said that these three types of mutations were recorded in the coronavirus cases identified across South Africa. Furthermore, the mutation found here is unique and different, and the team of the centre had performed gene sequencing of 700 samples after which this mutation was found among the patients.

Experts also reveal that the South African virus is more dangerous than the new strain of coronavirus found in the UK, which is responsible for the second wave of COVID-19 infections across Europe.

But Bengaluru-based epidemiologist Dr Giridhar Babu stated that there is no need to panic as viruses with E484K mutations have been in the public eye since September 2020. If they had spread so fast, the situation would have gotten much worse by now.

However, two out of the three patients identified with the new virus have recovered from home isolation, the third was admitted to the hospital but he did not need oxygen or ventilator.

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