Mishra stated that the prevalence of the new Covid variant known as ‘N440K’ strain is found in less than 5 percent of the total cases in AP at the moment. Even it is likely to disappear or to be replaced soon by the other existing variants. He also added that there is no particular evidence that says the new N440K is more infectious and deadly than the Covid-19 variants.
Mishra also added “There is no unique AP strain or a Visakhapatnam strain. Nor any existing strains found to be more infectious or deadly than what we already saw in the past.”
The new strain which was named as N440K was prevalent in other Southern states like Karnataka and Kerala earlier. It is found in AP in very less percent and it might have also been around during the first wave as well.
This doesn’t mean that the states can now relax, we are currently experiencing the second wave of Corona and we should maintain all the Covid-19 protocols as mentioned by the government.
As vaccines have proven to reduce the severity and mortality, the long-term solution would definitely to get vaccinated.
In the meantime, all of us should maintain physical distancing, cleanliness and hygiene, as well as low stress-levels.