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India succeeds in studying the "British" strain

04.01.2021 132 просмотров

Indian scientists were the first to isolate the British variant of the coronavirus.

India has successfully isolated and cultivated the British variant of the new coronavirus infection. The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) announced this on Saturday on its Twitter page.

“SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been monitored through the nationwide network of ICMR laboratories since the early days of the epidemic in India. The British variant of the virus, with all the changes, has now been successfully isolated and cultivated at the National Institute of Virology thanks to clinical samples collected from people who returned from the UK," the message says.

The Council notes that no other country has so far reported successful isolation of this variant of coronavirus. A total of 29 cases of the British strain have been reported in India, all of whom have recently returned from the UK.

Several countries have stopped flights with  Great Britain after on December 14 the head of the Ministry of Health of this country Matt Hancock announced the discovery by British scientists of a mutated version of the coronavirus, with which  may be due to the rapid spread of the disease in the south-east of England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson then announced that, according to preliminary data, the new strain may be 70% more contagious, but there is no evidence of its greater lethality.

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