Trouble trouble everywhere, not a sigh of relief!
These are terrible times for one of the world’s largest democracies.
One of the countries worst-hit by the influence of the second wave of the pandemic is India. What’s ailing a country otherwise replete with capable doctors and excellent healthcare facilities is the new COVID variant. News regarding India’s crumbling healthcare system in front of the acute oxygen shortage is not new. But, wait. There’s more trouble! The B.1617 seems to have truly enveloped the peace of mind of a country in whose regard it must be said that it has seen better days in the past. Many argue that the events of 2020 weren’t after all as hard-hitting as what one is currently witnessing.
But the problem concerning the new COVID variant is getting bigger by the day. On the one hand there’s India where, on a daily basis, around 4000 deaths are being repeated and then, on the other stand several countries of the world where this very COVID variant has already reached.
If you were to do simple math then by taking into measure the fact that the new COVID variant found in India has reached 44 countries of the world would tell you that it’s reached already around a fourth of the world.
If that’s not trouble, then what is the definition?
Facts first. The very fact that the World Health Organisation has confirmed the new COVID variant has already afflicted 44 countries of the world cannot be taken lightly. Just a week earlier, the WHO had declared it a variant of concern.
And not just that; the British, South African as well as the Brazilian strains were also said to be dangerous. If one were to speak about the current moment, then there’s clear fear about further outbreak of the virus in the days that lay ahead. The big ‘what-might’ is what’s most troubling about the ensuing chaos.
Here’s more information on the developing story as published on Times Now network:
The World Health Organization on Wednesday said that the variant that is responsible for the acceleration of India’s devastating outbreak has been found in several countries now.
The UN health agency claimed that the B.1.617 variant of Covid-19, first detected in India in October last year, had been found in genome sequences uploaded to the GISAID open-access database “from 44 countries in all six WHO regions”, adding that it received “reports of detections from five additional countries”.
That said, if one were to speak about another country apart from India, then it’s England that reported the most number of cases of the variant. But the main cause of trouble, in the words of WHO, is that the new COVID variant is perhaps more resistant to treatment.
When someone takes the vaccine shot and goes for the second round, then he or she is, at least, assured that the chances of affliction will subside. And that the COVID trouble won’t be severe or, at best, might not happen. But what is one to do with the new COVID variant that’s proven itself to be devastating?
Here’s what’s worth noting; the words of Anurag Agrawal, the Director of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, “The ability of loss of neutralisation of antibodies is modest but it is not much. It’s not the case that double mutation will have the double the loss of neutralisation. There is loss of neutralisation but it is not a huge amount. We expect the vaccines to still work even if they work a little bit less. They should prevent severe disease.”