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What is Double Mutant Coronavirus Variant?

Double Mutant Coronavirus Variant:

Genome sequencing of a section of virus samples by a consortium of 10 laboratories across the country, called the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG), has revealed a unique “double mutant” coronavirus variant — with a combination of mutations not seen anywhere else in the world.

  • The new variant has been found in at least 200 virus samples from Maharashtra, as well as a handful from Delhi, Punjab, and Gujarat.
  • Mutations in the virus per se are not surprising but specific mutations that help the virus evolve to thwart vaccines or the immune system or are linked to a spike in cases or in disease severity are causes of concern.