Health minister for maximum Covid-19 tests in bordering areas

Image Reuters As South Africa readies for winter there are concerns around the possibility of a third wave

Image Reuters As South Africa readies for winter there are concerns around the possibility of a third wave

"In a large country like India, you could have transmission at low levels, which is what happened for many months", Swaminathan said. About 783,000 new cases are reported on average each day globally, almost half in India, where a virus variant, B.1.617, has been spreading.

Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO's technical lead for Covid-19, said during a press conference that while "we need much more information about this virus variant", preliminary studies of the mutation have demonstrated "increased transmissibility".

But according to Outbreak.info, which track the result of global genetic sequencing - a test performed to see what mutations a viral sample contains - suggest that about two percent of USA samples tested Monday were positive for B.1.617.2's mutations.

He said of the four cases of the B.1.617.2 variant first detected in India, two were found in Gauteng and two in KZN. But the closure was extended for another two weeks on Saturday, hours after the Indian variant was detected in Bangladesh.

Home kits and mobile testing units have already been rolled out in Bolton, which has one of the highest rates of B.1.617.2 in England.

It comes as India is pummeled by its deadliest wave of COVID-19, with almost 4,000 people dying a day, and hundreds of thousands of people testing positive every 24 hours.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, India has confirmed 22,296,414 cases and 242,398 deaths.

A top official at the World Health Organization said on Monday that it would classify a coronavirus variant first found in India as a global health concern.

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"The current surge in Nepal's cases may point to this as the reason", said Karmacharya.

"All cases have been isolated and managed according to national Covid19 case management guidelines and contact tracing has been performed in order to limit the spread of this variant", said Mkhize.

He, however, concedes that more quantitative data remains to be obtained as the sample size was small.

The Ministry of Health and Population believes that the fast spreading United Kingdom variant, known as B.1.1.7, is responsible for the current spike in new cases.

The Health Ministry in April said that the fast spreading United Kingdom variant of the coronavirus, first detected in January among people returning from the United Kingdom, was responsible for the current spike in new cases.

"That's going to be a problem for the whole world". This information could help scientists understand the degree to which the variant is circulating in India and other countries.

The Department of Health said COVID-19 travel restrictions needed to be balanced with the need to grow the economy.

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