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Rajasthan reports new cases of Kappa variant of COVID-19
Rajasthan reports new cases of Kappa variant of COVID-19

India is again in danger with new deadly variants of coronavirus. Recently, wreaking havoc Delta Plus variant is now replaced by the Kappa variant. After Uttar Pradesh and Tripura, Rajasthan confirmed the new cases of the Kappa variant of COVID-19.

The news of fresh cases reported in some parts of India of the Kappa variant, were revealed by World Health Organisation, is a ‘variant of interest’ (VOI). Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma informed the media about eleven fresh cases detected in the state. Of these, four cases each are from Alwar and Jaipur, two from Barmer and one is from Bhilwara. However, Sharma informed that the Kappa variant ‘is a moderate form of the coronavirus’ as compared to its delta variant, which had fuelled India’s second wave of coronavirus. Earlier, two samples in Uttar Pradesh and 11 in Tripura were tested positive for the Kappa COVID-19 variant also known as B.1.617.1, was first identified in India only, in October 2020.

WHO’s list of SARS-CoV-2 variants, a VOI is a variant with genetic changes that are predicted or known to affect virus characteristics such as transmissibility, disease severity, immune escape, diagnostic or therapeutic escape. The variant is also identified to cause significant community transmission or multiple COVID-19 clusters.

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