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Scientists identify second most prevalent coronavirus type in India

Date: 04 June 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Scientists at multiple CSIR laboratories have identified a coronavirus type that maybe the second most prevalent in India and may comprise 3.5% of the genomes globally.
  • The most dominant coronavirus clade in India is the A2a and of 213 genomes analysed by the group, 62% of them were A2a.
  • The newly identified virus, named A3i, comprised 41% of those analysed. With the new clade, there are 11 SARS-CoV-2 types identified globally with at least six of them identified in India.
  • Such classifications are useful in establishing whether certain strains are particularly virulent, spread more easily, how they are likely to evolve over time and whether some could be less vulnerable to certain kinds of vaccines.