'New Indian variants can cause reinfections,' warns AIIMS Chief as Punjab tests COVID cases for mutant strains

'New Indian variants can cause reinfections,' warns AIIMS Chief as Punjab tests COVID cases for mutant strains

Other states such as Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, and Punjab have been witnessing a spike in COVID cases.

All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director, Dr Randeep Guleria on Saturday said that India's fight against coronavirus may get tougher, with the latest challenge of new COVID strains emerging across the country. He warned people that the new variants of SARS-CoV-2, being found in the country can cause reinfections even in people who have developed antibodies to the virus.

New COVID strains detected in India

Experts have found that a new coronavirus mutant strain has been detected in Amravati, Yavatmal, and Aloka, all in the Vidarbha region in the eastern part of Maharashtra.

Experts who made the observation, Dr Shashank Joshi and Director of Medical Education & Research Dr T.P. Lahane, both renowned medicos, are part of The Maharashtra Covid Task Force.

Lahane said that new strains were seen in samples examined from these three districts but made it clear that more tests are required to check the potential infection hazards of the new coronavirus variant.

Joshi said that while the government is fully seized of it and probing it in detail, some regions in the state are showing large cluster infections and lower death rate.

Other states such as Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, and Punjab have been witnessing a spike in COVID cases.

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Punjab to test for new COVID strains

Meanwhile, as the death toll due to COVID rises in Punjab, the state is likely to test if a mutated strain of the virus has entered the state and caused an increase in mortality due to high contagious nature, or more severe symptoms, TOI reported. The state government has decided to send 5 per cent of samples to the National Centre for Disease Control and the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology for examination.

'Herd immunity very difficult to achieve': Randeep Guleria

Dr Randeep Guleria also called herd immunity very difficult to achieve, in India. He said that one should not think of herd immunity in practical terms in Inda, especially as new strains f the virus emerge.

"Herd immunity is something that is going to be very, very difficult to achieve and it is something one should not really think of in practical terms... because the variant strains and varying immunity with times can lead to a chance where people may have reinfection or get the infection again," the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director said, PTI reported.

He said that at least 80 per cent of people need to have antibodies for the whole population to be protected against the virus.

"And one should also remember that a large number of people have had mild infections and we do know that those with mild infection tend to have fewer antibodies production, their antibodies tend to wane over a period of time," he added.

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