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New Indian strain of COVID-19 ‘highly transmissible and dangerous,’ could cause re-infections: AIIMS director

Dr Randeep Guleria

Dr Randeep Guleria

As reports of the new strain of COVID-19 in Maharashtra emerge, Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS, has said that the new Indian strain is highly transmissible and dangerous, and could also cause re-infections.

Dr Guleria, while speaking to NDTV, also said that herd immunity is really difficult to achieve in India, especially keeping in mind the new Indian strains of COVID-19 found in Amravati and Akola. Dr Guleria also said that to achieve heard immunity, at least 80% of the population needs to have developed anti-bodies to fight the virus.

Speaking about the new strain, Dr Guleria added that the new strain could cause re-infections in people who have already developed anti-bodies for the virus. Guleria attributed the re-infections to ‘immune escape mechanism’ of the variants of ‘virus.

Dr Guleria further added that if a person gets a vaccine, he may not be immune to the new strain, but the person will likely develop a milder version of the new strain. Dr Guleria also stressed upon COVID-19 appropriate behavior to fight against the virus. 

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Active COVID cases near 30,000 mark in Nagpur

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur


Nagpur’s COVID-19 tally, on Tuesday, January 25, reached 5,43,064 (till 5 pm) as 4028 (972 from rural and 2956 from city) new cases were recorded in a single day. 

Also, active COVID cases, as on Tuesday, could be seen inching closer to 30,000 mark in the district.

Six people lost their lives (one from rural and five from city) on Tuesday. Till now, 10,183 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19 in the district. Total tests taken were 11,377.
While patients who recovered on Tuesday were 2519, the total number of recovered patients stood at 503729.

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Nagpur reports 90 COVID cases in past 24 hours

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Nagpur’s COVID-19 tally on Sunday, January 2 reached 4,94,193 (till 5 pm) as 90 (73 city, nine rural) more people tested positive for the virus. 

Also, five patients recovered on Sunday taking the number of recoveries to 4,83,664. 

Till now, 10123 people have lost their lives due to COVID in the district. As of now, there are 406 active COVID patients in the district. 

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ALARMING! Nagpur reports 88 COVID cases in past 24 hours

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur


Nagpur registered 88 (81 from city) new COVID-19 positive cases on Friday, December 31. Nagpur previously had recorded as minimum as six cases on December 24. 

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