India has recorded 14 fresh cases of new coronavirus mutant strain -first reported in the United Kingdom in September – taking the total number of such cases to 20, the government said on Wednesday morning. Talking about the new UK Strain, AIIMS Delhi Director Dr Randeep Guleria said that the UK strain is more infectious & spreads more rapidly. “COVID-19 has undergone some changes & mutations at various places. Reason for concern with UK strain is that pre-epidemiological data shows it’s more infectious & spreads more rapidly as far as disease is concerned,” Dr Randeep Guleria, Director. Also Read - 'Do Not Take Covaxin If...': Bharat Biotech Issues Fact-Sheet Amid Concerns Over Side-Effects
“Study shows that UK strain is more infectious, therefore it’s a matter of concern and lot of things are set in place by the government in terms of flights from UK, setting of the consortium to really see whether this strain has come to India,” he added. Also Read - Coronavirus: Russia’s EpiVacCorona Vaccine Has 100% Efficacy, Claims Report
“It’s a possibility that UK strain may have entered India in November/early December. But if you look at it epidemiologically, this strain leads to an increase in infections. But if you look at our data for last 4-6 weeks, there was no spike in cases,” Dr Guleria told ANI. Also Read - 'Not the Time': Biden Administration Drops Order as Trump Lifts Travel Ban With Europe, Brazil
However, Dr Guleria asserted that India is in a very good position in terms of COVID management and the recovery rate is also very high. “In case there is an increase in a number of COVID-19 cases (due to UK strain), we’ll be able to take action. India is in very good position, our daily new cases have come down, our recovery rate is high and the case fatality rate is down,” Dr Randeep Guleria.
Acknowledging that the new strain is more dangerous as it is believed to be more infectious, Dr Guleria said there is need to be extra careful now to make sure that it does not impact India in a big way.