‘Double-mutant’ COVID-19 variant discovered in India – New York Post

A new “double mutant” variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been discovered in India, health officials there said Wednesday.

The country’s Health Ministry said the variant had been detected in more than 200 samples sequenced in Maharashtra state.

The variant has two mutations to the spike protein that the virus uses to penetrate human cells.

It’s unclear whether the mutation would make it more transmissible, but other variants with changes to their spike proteins have been spreading rapidly around the globe.

However, officials said the double-mutant variant had not been detected in large enough numbers to be linked to recent surges.

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A healthcare worker testing a man for COVID-19 in Mumbai, India on March 24, 2021.

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A woman getting tested for COVID-19 in Mumbai, India on March 24, 2021.

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A crowd of people walking in New Delhi, India on March 22, 2021.

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A healthcare worker testing a man for COVID-19 in Mumbai, India on March 22, 2021.

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A group of people waiting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in New Delhi on March 23, 2021.

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“Though [variants of concern] and a new double mutant variant have been found in India, these have not been detected in numbers sufficient to either establish or direct relationship or explain the rapid increase in cases in some states,” health officials said in a statement.

“Genomic sequencing and epidemiological studies are continuing to further analyze the situation.”

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