How dangerous is the ‘AY1’ mutant seen in Nepal?

In Nepal, a delta (B.1.617.2) variant of coronavirus (Covid-19) has been seen as a mutation of ‘AY1’ or ‘Delta Plus’. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, nine AY1 mutations have been confirmed.

During the test of 47 samples, mutations were seen in 9 of them. Sameer Kumar Adhikari explains. As Delta (B.1.617.2) is an evolved version of the variant, it has been named ‘AY1’ i.e. Delta Plus. The recently confirmed ‘AY1’ mutated virus in Nepal has been seen in 10 countries of the world including India. The mutant of Delta i.e. B.1.617.2 variant is ‘AY1’.

The National Public Health Laboratory collected 48 samples from different parts of the country from April 10 to June 20. Gene sequencing at the World Health Organization-accredited Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) in India confirmed that 47 samples were infected with delta variant and one with alpha variant. Was According to Dr. Krishna Prasad Poudel, spokesperson of the Ministry of Health and Chief of the Division of Epidemiology and Disease Control, the delta variant mutation ‘AY1’ mutation has been confirmed in 9 out of 47 samples.

Alpha, Delta and Kappa variants have been confirmed as variants of concern in Nepal. The health ministry said the new variant of coronavirus could be more contagious and could affect people of all ages.

How dangerous is AY1?

The Ministry of Health has said that the new variant of coronavirus is more contagious and could affect people of all age groups. Dr. Sher Bahadur explains again. Viruses are a natural process of mutation. Although the virus, which is a mutation from the Delta variant, is thought to be deadly, he said that only after a thorough study can it be known how deadly and contagious it is.

Because of the mutations in the Delta variant, AY1 is thought to be more lethal, he says, adding that “without study, it cannot be said to be lethal and spread rapidly.”

He says it’s natural to worry that the AY1 virus will weaken antibodies and be smarter than Delta. As the subject of the new mutation is the subject of study, he says, the first thing to do is to be careful.

India has also not listed ‘AY1’ i.e. Delta Plus as a variant of interest and a variant of concern.

Co-spokesperson of the ministry Dr. According to Sameer Kumar Adhikari, the main reason to avoid new variants of coronavirus is to follow the rules of public health. He says an in-depth study is being done on how dangerous Delta Plus is.

Delta variants in most infected

Many of the corona infections in Nepal have been confirmed as delta variants. While gene sequencing 48 samples collected from different parts of the country, delta variant was seen in 47 samples.

Infection with the alpha variant of the corona virus has been found in only one of 48 samples. The Alpha variant has spread to more than 164 countries, while the Delta variant is now seen in more than 80 countries around the world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has named the first variant of coronavirus in the UK B1.1.7, or Alpha. Similarly, the variant seen in South Africa has been named B1.351 i.e. beta, the variant found in Brazil has been named Gamma, the variant seen in India has been named B1.617.2 i.e. Delta. The B1.617.1 variant found in India has been named Kappa. Alpha (B.1.1.7) and Delta (B1.617.2) variants as ‘Variant of Concern’ in Nepal and Kappa Variant (B.1.617.1) as the Variant of Interest and most recently Delta Plus seen.

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