M440K variant

M440K variant of the novel coronavirus is 10 to 1,000 times more infectious than several strains of the virus. This is found to be increasing the number of COVID-19 cases during the on-going second wave in certain parts of the country. Its spreading in a geographically localised manner as it is mainly found to Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Chhattisgarh. About half of the cases caused by this variant are confined to these states in the past 2 months.

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