Mu and C.1.2 variants of SARS-CoV2 not found in India so far: INSAOCG

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india has so far not seen Mu and C.1.2, the two new variants of SARS-CoV2, and the Delta variant and its sub-lineages continue to the main Variants of Concern in the country, INSACOG, the genome sequencing consortium, has said.

The consortium has called for more strongly implementing existing recommendations on sequencing of positive samples from international travellers.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has added B.1.621 (including B.1.621.1) to the list of Variants of Interest (VOI) on August 30 and christened it “Mu”. It has also added C.1.2 as a new VOI.C.1.2 is a sub-lineage of the C.1 variant described in South Africa but did not spread globally, the INSACOG said.

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