As the country struggles with the dangerous second wave of COVID-19 induced Indian origin double-mutated strain of the virus – B.1.167, reports suggest that a third mutation in B.1.167 has been identified.
The new mutation has been detected in parts of the country. And the overwhelming states of Maharashtra, Delhi and West Bengal are believed to have been driven by this triple mutant.
What is triple mutation?
It is a variant with three different strains combined to form a new variation: hence, triple mutation.
The triple mutated strain might be a weaker version of the virus, or a stronger, more infectious one. The three big questions that need to be answered are:
1) How infectious is it?
2) How dealy is it?
3) Is it resistant to antibodies?
For now, the triple mutation has been classified in India as a “variant of interest” rather than a “variant of concern”.
Early identification and all possible information about the new mutation can help us beat it.
However, in India, where genome sequencing is being conducted at a snail’s pace, the unknown new mutation is a huge threat.