As India reports nearly three lakh cases and over 2,000 deaths in 24 hours, the biggest jump since the pandemic started, a new triple mutation in the COVID virus has emerged as the new challenge.
After the double mutation, it’s now the triple mutation, meaning three different Covid strains combining to form a new variant, has been detected in different parts of the country.
Cases related to Trible Mutation has been observed in 17 samples from Maharashtra, Delhi and West Bengal.
peaking to experts, NDTV described the new variant as a “triple mutant”, meaning three different COVID strains combining to form a new variant. “This is a more transmissible variant. It is making lots of people sick very quickly,” said Madhukar Pai, professor of epidemiology at McGill University, reported the publication. “We have to keep tweaking vaccines. For that, we need to understand the disease. But we need sequencing on a war footing.”
The Indian Express reported that two of the triple-mutant varieties have the new mutation in the spike protein and have been found in samples collected from Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, and Chhattisgarh, all second surge states.
Scaria said that the proportions of B.1.618 have been growing significantly in recent months in the state of West Bengal, along with double variant B.1.617.
Triple Mutation is when three Covid variants have combined to form the triple mutation
Triple mutation been found?
(Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi)
Questions arose whether the Triple Mutation is infective on which the Experts told that they believe mutations are driving the fresh infection spikes, not just in India but across the world.
How deadly this triple mutant is or whether the current vaccine can be used to treat it. On this the experts that it can be answered only from more studies.
The double mutant shows increased transmission rate and is seen to affect children too. It has more severe pathogenicity, say scientists.
For now, the triple mutation has been classified in India as a “variant of interest” rather than “variant of concern”.