New mutation of Delta variant was found in Nepal
A new mutation has been found in the Delta variant that spread corona infection in Nepal. Public health experts say it is considered more contagious than the Delta variant.
Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health and Population Dr. According to Krishna Poudel, new mutations have been found in nine samples tested at the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in New Delhi, India.
‘The National Laboratory collected 48 samples from different parts of the country, representing different age groups and genders, from 26 April to 20 June. The samples were sent to a World Health Organization-accredited laboratory in India for gene sequencing, he said. Adding that “47 of them were found to be delta variants and one was an alpha variant.”
Dr. According to Poudel, K417N mutations has been found in 9 out of 47 Delta variants. This is the mutation that was previously claimed by the British media as the ‘Nepal variant’. They made the claim based on the fact that K417 N ‘mutations were found in those who left Nepal and contracted corona.
But it can not be called Nepal variant Dhulikhel Hospital Dr. Rajiv Shrestha explains. According to him, this mutation has been seen in Japanese citizens before. He said, “We do not know where it came from. But Nepal cannot be called a variant. ‘
According to the information received so far, this mutation is more contagious than the Delta variant. And has a more serious effect on the infected. But many things remain to be studied about this mutation.
Earlier, Kappa variants including Delta and Alpha were also found in Nepal. But since the Kappa variant does not have serious health effects, the WHO has not named it a variant of concern.
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