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14 more infected with new strain, flights to remain suspended

14 more infected with new strain, flights to remain suspended”

These were the first cases to be reported by the country that has the second highest number of cases after the United States.

Speaking to media, an official said, "All the 33 persons admitted to a special facility in LNJP hospital were stable".

"We hope to find that giving this treatment via injection can lead to immediate protection against the development of Covid-19 in people who have been exposed - when it would be too late to offer a vaccine", she was quoted in a published press release.

Health officials and experts are concerned that any spurt in cases might increase the number of people requiring intensive care, and deaths. Genome sequencing of all global passengers who have come to India in between December 9 to 22) and if symptomatic and have tested positive will be subjected to genome sequencing, in the view of new COVID strain in the UK.

The Colorado lab identified the variant through analysis of testing samples, initially spotting a tell-tale sign of the variant in a PCR test. Scientists then sequenced the viral genome and found eight mutations specific to the spike protein gene associated with this variant, according to the governor's office.

Besides, all passengers who have travelled to India since November 23 are also under close watch and will be now tested in their states.

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In its efforts to curb the spread of the new COVID-19 strain which was discovered in the UK, India recently banned flights to the UK from December 23 till December 31.

Aviation regulator DGCA announced that the coronavirus-induced suspension of scheduled worldwide passenger flights has been extended till January 31. "Thereafter, strictly regulated resumption will take place for which details will be announced shortly", aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted.

Scientists in the United Kingdom have recruited their first participants as part of a study of a new long-acting antibody treatment that they say could be an alternative to the COVID-19 vaccine.

"Research conducted in China and elsewhere since the COVID-19 pandemic began has shown that a range of animals - including wild and farmed species - are susceptible to infection, but when and where SARS-CoV-2 spilled over to humans, and from which animal, remains unknown", it stated. "Initially, it is easy to suppress the spread of the virus because the chain of transmission is smaller", Dr VK Paul, a member of the Niti Aayog, said.

The variant strain has since been discovered in other places, including in two USA states: Colorado and California.

India's daily new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday were less than 17,000 after six months.

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