Karnataka records first case with South African Covid-19 variant

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Karnataka has recorded on Wednesday very first case of the South African Covid-19 variant501.V2 of the SARS-CoV-2.

Regarding the confirmed case of the variant, Jawaid Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary of Health said, “The initial report that he is from Bengaluru is wrong. The 58-year-old man is from Shivamogga. Five of his contacts are in-home quarantine. Three other contacts are in institutional quarantine with him.”

“This patient is from Shivamogga. Initially, there was a miscommunication that he’s from Bengaluru. He and his primary contacts, three in all (family members) are in institutional quarantine. They’re all asymptomatic,” said Dr Trilok Chandra, Health Commissioner.

Dr Rajesh Suragihalli, district health officer said, “He travelled from Dubai to Bengaluru on February 22. He then came to Shivamogga. He resides near Tipu Nagar. At present, we have identified only eight of his contacts. We are yet to do his mobile tracing. He and his family members will be shifted to McGann Hospital. We have intimated the police and our epidemiologist.”

Covid-19 virus with South African variant has been recorded in West Bengal, Gujarat and Maharashtra. This strain is likely to impact the younger population more.

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