Coronavirus new variant similar to Delta Variant found; Know about AY.12!
Experts claim that this new AY.12 strain may be behind the increasing cases of recent corona infection in Israel.
New Delhi: The Delta variant of Corona has wreaked havoc in the world. After the first case came to light in March 2020, many changes have also been seen in this variant. Several states have registered new cases of the AY.12 strain belonging to the Delta family.
Corona new variant AY.12:
Experts claim that this new AY.12 strain may be behind the increasing cases of recent corona infection in Israel. According to the weekly update of INSACOG, despite 60 percent of the population being fully vaccinated in Israel, cases of the delta variant are increasing.
INSACOG is a pan-India network of various labs tracking the genome study of COVID-19. According to the report of the Indian Express, scientists have increased the family of the delta variant from four to 13. According to him, the cases which were earlier believed to be the delta variant, are now being reclassified as AY.12 strain. What is the AY.12 strain? What is the difference between the delta variant and the AY.12 strain?
"The reclassification is primarily to assist micro-epidemiology and is not based on acquisition of significant mutations. Thus, it is not currently known whether AY.12 is clinically different from Delta," the INSACOG report noted.
Delta Variant & AY.12?:
Indian Express quoted INSACOG as saying that it is not yet clear whether AY.12 is different from Delta variant or B.1.617.2. However, it has been observed that the G142D spike protein present in the delta variant is not present in the AY.12 strain. Apart from this, no mutation similar to the corona virus family has been found in the spike protein of this variant.
According to this, the first case of AY.12 strain has been reported in India on September 7, 2020. At present, the case of AY.12 strain is covered in Israel. In testing of 51 percent of the samples, it has been found that this variant is common.
Last week, an increase of 20 percent has been seen in the incidence of this variant based on the sample. The government of Israel has imposed restrictions on the gathering of people and is now considering imposing a lockdown to protect against Corona.
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