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New virus strain emerged in Sep, may already be there in India: Experts

India needs to step up its genomic sequencing surveillance to detect coronavirus strains in the country, say experts

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Health worker collects swab sample from COVID suspected people at Anand Vihar bus terminal, in New Delhi

A new variant of Sars-Cov-2 has been found in the United Kingdom and is reportedly "out of control", an announcement that set off alarm bells around Europe and elsewhere. Many members of the European Union suspended travel to and from Britain and imposed harsher quarantine rules. The new variant is likely to cause 60 to 70 per cent more infections than the original strain. With "abundant precaution" India has temporarily suspended flights to and from UK till the end of the year. The Union government is closely following the development and advised people not to ...