Even as India accelerates its vaccination push, fresh clouds seem to be hovering on the COVID-19 horizon.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has confirmed that the South African and Brazilian variant of the virus have arrived in India. Four travellers – one from Angola, one from Tanzania and two from South Africa- people were detected with the South Africa variant of SARS-CoV-2 in India in January, while one tested positive for the Brazil variant strain in the first week of February.
While all of them and their contacts have been tested and quarantined, efforts are on by ICMR and National Institute of Virology, Pune, to isolate and culture the South African variant strain from the samples of the four individual returnees.
This is indeed yet another loud message to all of us that the virus is here and the pandemic isn’t over yet however much we may want to believe that the nightmare is over.
Let’s adhere to the basic COVID-19 protocol we have adhered to all this while – maintain social distancing, wear masks, avoid crowded places, wash hands regularly – to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and sound.
Prevention for sure is better than cure.