New Delhi: No cases of the new Covid-19 variant C.1.2, has been reported of ar in India, government sources told news agency ANI. The variant which was first reported in South Africa in May has not yet been declared as a Variant of Concern (VoC) by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
However, the WHO said that this new mutant is not spreading rapidly at the moment and that the Delta variant continues to be of concern.
Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and Covid-19 technical lead at WHO Health Emergencies Programme, Maria Van Kerkhove, on Tuesday said: “To date, there are 100 sequences of C.1.2 reported globally. The earliest reports are from May 2021 from SoutE Africa.”
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“At this time, C.1.2 does not appear to be rising in circulation, but we need more sequencing to be conducted and shared globally. Delta appears dominant from available sequences,” she added.
Currently there are fopur Vraints of Concern namely, Alpha (B.1.1.7), Beta, Gamma and Delta.
A further five have been categorised as Vrains of Interest which include Eta , Iota, Kappa, Lambda and Mu.
What’s the C.1.2 Covid-19 Variant
Earlier in the week, scientists from National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) in South Africa said the potential variant of interest, C.1.2, was first detected in the country in May this year.
C.1.2 has since been found in China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, England, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland as of August 13, they had said.
According to the yet-to-be peer-reviewed study posted on the preprint repository MedRxiv on August 24, C.1.2 has mutated substantially compared to C.1, one of the lineages which dominated the SARS-CoV-2 infections in the first wave in South Africa.
The new variant has more mutations than other variants of concern (VOCs) or variants of interest (VOIs) detected worldwide so far, the researchers said.
(With inputs from ANI)