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March 31, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Double mutant Covid variant discovered in India as global cases pass 128 million

By Paul Dennis

31 March

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 128,377,000, with more than 2,806,000 deaths and 85,324,000 recoveries.

The US leads all countries in confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths, and fears a ‘fourth wave’ of both.

Following the US in cases are Brazil and India, with the remaining countries in the top-ten concentrated in Europe, as France, Russia, the UK, Italy, Turkey, Spain, and Germany follow suit.

Following the US in deaths are Brazil, Mexico, India, the UK, Italy, Russia, France, Germany, and Spain.

In India, a double mutant variant threatens India’s gains at halting the pandemic as the country grapples with an increasing case-load.

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The variant carries the E484Q and L452R mutations, which could make the virus more contagious.

In addition, these mutations could also lead to reinfections, according to a former Obama Administration official.

While news of the variant is concerning, Indian officials have not associated the spike in cases with the new variant.

Walter Gabriel, MPH, Epidemiologist at GlobalData Plc.

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