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Kerala's latest COVID-19 surge possibly linked to UK variant: INSACOG data

The UK variant which constituted just 1.06 percent cases on January 20 this year and 3.8 percent on March 20, now constitute 30.48 percent, as per data from April 25. In just one month the UK variant has grown almost 10 times.

April 27, 2021 / 12:30 PM IST
The UK variant which constituted just 1.06 percent cases on January 20 and 3.8 percent on March 20, now constitute 30.48 percent

The UK variant which constituted just 1.06 percent cases on January 20 and 3.8 percent on March 20, now constitute 30.48 percent

Kerala’s surge of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks is possibly linked to the UK variant B.1.17.

The latest data from genomic surveillance of COVID-19 positive cases in Kerala by Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) found that 30.5 percent of the COVID-19 positive samples sequenced from the state were caused by the UK variant B.1.17.

The UK variant which constituted just 1.06 percent cases on January 20 and 3.8 percent on March 20, now constitute 30.48 percent, as per data from April 25. In just one month, the UK variant has grown almost 10 times. By mid-March, Kerala started seeing huge dip in new cases. But, things have, however, reversed.

The state is now seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases. The state reported over 20,000 cases for the fifth consecutive day. Despite a heavy load of cases - the state managed to keep the mortality rate at 0.4 percent, one of the lowest in the country.