New coronavirus reaches India from Britain, how dangerous is it?

    New coronavirus reaches India from Britain, how dangerous is it?

    The new Coronavirus has reached India in 16 countries around the world including Britain. The Government of India gave this information on Tuesday. It is more contagious than previous coronavirus strains. 

    6 people infected with UK coronavirus strain have been found in India. This strain is 70 percent more contagious. Now this strain has reached India, will it spread in India? What will cause more devastation than the previous coronavirus? 

    The 6 people who got infected with the new strain came back to India from the UK. The government has temporarily banned flights coming from European countries. From 25 November to 23 December, a total of 33 thousand people landed at different airports from the UK to India. 

    Of these 114 people were found to be Corona positive. Their samples were sent to 10 different laboratories in India for genome sequencing. Then it was found that 6 people have a new strain of coronavirus. 

    Currently, more than 1.02 crore people in India are corona infected. Coronavirus has killed more than 1.47 lakh people. Genome sequencing facility is less in India. Also, the number of infected patients is also high here.

    If the new strain of Corona gets favorable conditions then it can cause huge havoc. Because every organism has a genome. That is our set pattern of jeans. Many times this pattern also changes, but developed organisms like humans also fix it.

    Viruses are weak in correcting these changes. Viruses that contain ribonucleic acid (RNA) genetic material are even more useless in this case. They are unable to correct the changes in their genome. This change remains permanent. This is called a mutation. That is, the new strain of corona means there has been a change in the genome of the coronavirus, which it cannot fix itself. I.e. another virus.

    The new strain of coronavirus found in Britain is named B.1.1.7. Initial investigations by scientists revealed that B.1.1.7 strains made of mutations are highly contagious but dangerously low. This does not mean that it cannot take anyone’s life. The patient has severe chest pain due to this strain. All other symptoms are similar to chronic coronavirus.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that every country infected by Corona will have genome-sequencing of 0.33 percent of the total number of infected patients in its population, ie, genome-sequencing of the virus of one patient out of every 300 infected patients. This shows the kind of coronavirus strain in patients.

    Corona’s new strain was found in Britain in September. There are 2.20 lakh corona patients here. Britain has done more than 6 percent of genome sequencing. There are more than 1 crore corona patients in India, but genome sequencing has also been reduced to less than 5 thousand. That is 0.05 percent. Whereas, in South Africa where a new corona strain has been found, there has also been 0.3 percent genome sequencing. The same level has been maintained in America.

    Healthcare facilities are very weak in rural areas of India. There are not so many laboratories for genome sequencing in the country. This means that all the genome sequencing in India has been done from samples collected from urban areas. Experts say that malnutrition is enough in India.

    There are also people in India whose body resistance is weak. In such a situation, if Corona’s new strain engulfs them, it will continue to bother them for a long time. In India, the coronavirus normally stays in the body of a healthy human for two to three weeks. But it can remain in the body of such patients for four months.

    If a new strain of coronavirus arrives in India, then the number of infected patients will increase. If their number increases, serious cases will also come up. There is less number of beds in ICUs and hospitals in the country to handle serious cases. If it spreads in rural areas, it will be a matter of great concern for India.
    Rajat Singh
    Rajat Singh is the Editor-in-chief at Bioinformatics India, he is a Master's in Bioinformatics and validates all the data present on this website. Independent of his academic qualifications he is a marketing geek and loves to explore trends in SEO, Keyword research, Web design & UI/UX improvement.

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