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Covid-19: Four cases of Covid’s South African variant found in India, says ICMR

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Four cases with the South African variant of coronavirus are detected within the country, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) confirmed on Tuesday.

All four travellers had returned from South Africa and every one their contacts are tested and quarantined, the ICMR said.

Addressing a media briefing, ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava also said that a case of Brazilian variant of SARS-CoV-2 was detected within the first week of February. “The virus strain has been successfully isolated and cultured at ICMR-NIV-Pune. Experiments to assess vaccine effectiveness are underway. South African and Brazilian variants are different from the united kingdom variant,” he said.

Bhargava also informed that as many as 187 people have tested positive for the united kingdom variant in India.

On Tuesday, the daily new Covid cases fell below 10,000 for the fourth time this month, taking India’s tally to 1,09,25,710, while fresh fatalities remained below 100 for the tenth time this month.

A total of 9,121 new cases were reported in a day, while the death toll increased to 1,55,813 with 81 new fatalities, the data by the health ministry showed.

Earlier today, the Union Health Ministry also informed that as many as 17 states and UTs have reported “no COVID-19 death” within the last 24 hours, while six of them have recorded no new case during the period .

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