#Coronavirus strain

.Amravati, Maharashtra, India
Health workers conduct screening of outstation passengers for COVID-19 tests, following a rise in Corona cases, at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • The Maharashtra government brought back several restrictions in Amravati owing to rising cases
  • Maharashtra is the worst-hit state by COVID-19 with 5,427 cases on Thursday
  • Experts said the virus strain spreading in Amravati and Akola is more aggressive

.Chicago, IL, USA
The coronavirus has wreaked global havoc. (Photo credit: Unsplash/MacauPhotoAgency)

  • The COVID-19 vaccines are not as effective against the new variants of the virus
  • Johnson and Johnson has 66% efficacy rate but does not protect against the new variant
  • The variants elude some of the blocking action of antibodies triggered by vaccines

.London, UK
The sobering statistics follow the emergence of a new strain of the virus across the country.Representative Image/Pixabay)

  • UK announced another 1,820 fatalities from COVID-19 on Wednesday
  • Britain's mortality rate has risen nearly 15% over the past week
  • More than four million people have received a COVID-19 vaccine

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Joe Biden as made tackling the pandemic his top priority, as he prepares to take office in Washington on Wednesday. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • WHO announced the strain, first found in the UK, was now in 10 more countries than seven days ago
  • Deep concern over new variants of the deadly pathogen has worried experts around the world
  • Till now, the US is the worst-hit nation with more than 400,000 deaths

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Mutations to the Sars-CoV-2 are provoking concern among scientists if they will still respond to vaccines. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • One mutation, known as E484K, detected initially in South Africa has raised alarm among researchers
  • The E484K mutation could be 'associated with escape from neutralising antibodies'
  • Pfizer and BioNTech said last week that their vaccine was effective against the N501Y mutation

.Denver, CO, USA
Colorado Governor Jared Polis said the state is closely moritoring the case to prevent its spread. (Photo credit: Twitter/Jared Polis)

  • US reported first case of new coronavirus strain in Colorado
  • The virus was found in a man in his 20s who is now recovering in isolation
  • The Centre for Disease Control, a federal agency, has been told about  the case