Scientists at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad say that the N440K COVID-19 variant is not the dominant strain in India’s second wave of the virus.
A news report falsely suggested the variant was new and 15 times more virulent than other strains, but the variant was discovered in South India last year, and there is no evidence that it’s more transmissible than other variants.
The N440K COVID-19 variant, also known as the AP strain or Andhra strain, was discovered in South India last year and is not new, according to scientists.
There is no evidence that N440K is more transmissible than other COVID-19 variants, according to scientists. There is evidence that the strain is diminishing, according to scientists.