Eastern Times, New Delhi: The new strain of Covid-19 found in India is even more harmful and there is a risk of increasing the rate of transmission from the new strain, said Randeep Guleria, head of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
According to him, this new strain of Covid-19 could take a much more contagious and dangerous form and attack those who have been already affected by the virus earlier, which could lead to re-infection. Shashank Joshi, member of the Covid Task Force in Maharashtra said that 240 new strains of the virus have been found across India.
The idea that ‘herd immunity’ has been created among the citizens of India is nothing but an illusion. Only if antibodies are made in 80 percent of the human body can it be called ‘herd immunity’.
In this regard, Shashank Joshi mentioned that the number of new covid cases has been increasing across the country since last week. In the meantime, 240 new covid strains have been found only recently.
As a result, the number of victims has also increased. Apart from Maharashtra, daily infections have increased in Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Punjab in the last few days.
At present, Covishield, developed by Oxford and Serum Institute and Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR, are being used for vaccination drives in India.
The Russian-made Sputnik-V antidote is also on its way to clearance in India. While they are able to temporarily prevent corona, their effectiveness against the new stain of corona will be relatively low, said Guleria.
He further emphasised people may not be protected from the infection completely, however risks would be minimised after they are vaccinated adding that the need to test corona as much as possible, keeping a record on people who come in contact with the infected people, and sending infected people to isolation wards are imperative moves to be taken in times of crisis.