.Maranhão, Brazil
A health worker prepares to administer a dose of COVID-19 vaccine, at a vaccination centre in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

  • Brazil has detected its first six cases of the so-called Indian variant of the COVID-19 virus
  • Crew members, who arrived aboard a Hong Kong-flagged cargo, ship tested positive
  • Brazil has meanwhile recorded more than 440,000 COVID-19 deaths and 15 million infections

.London, UK
India was added to United Kingdom's red list of countries, meaning travellers from the country will have to quarantine in hotels on arrival in Britain. (Photo credit: AP/PTI)

  • A rise in cases of the Indian COVID-19 variant could 'pose serious disruption' to Britain's reopening plans
  • UK PM Boris Johnson warned on Friday that final stage reopening scheduled for June 21 in doubt
  • The health ministry had confirmed that B1.617.2 variant is rapidly spreading in northwest England and London

.Berlin, Germany
In the wake of newer variants, German vaccine maker BioNTech has said that its vaccine does not need any change. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • BioNTech in a statement stated that its vaccine is fit for newer variants of the virus
  • It also said that tests are being conducted on a "modified, variant-specific version"
  • BioNTech chief Ugur Sahin said last month that its vaccine works against the Indian variant

.Geneva, Switzerland
A family member conducts last rites before cremation of a person who died of COVID-19, at Sarai Kale Khan Cremation Ground in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

  • Soumya Swaminathan also said that the virus alone could not be blamed for the explosion in cases
  • She warned that vaccines alone will not be enough to get the situation under control
  • India's outbreak increases the chances of the emergence of new and more dangerous variants, Swaminathan said

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
India's death toll has surged since the new variant of the virus has spread in the country. (Photo Credit: PTI Photo)

  • WHO stopped short of declaring it a "variant of concern"
  • The data has been collected from countries like US, Singapore and UK
  • 350,000 new cases were recorded in India on Tuesday alone

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Migrant workers, lodged at a camp by the Uttar Pradesh government, rush to board a bus during COVID-19 lockdown. (Photo credit: File/PTI)

  • The detection of double mutation in coronavirus in India comes amid a spike in COVID-19 cases
  • In India, the double mutant COVID-19 variant was detected in Maharashtra
  • Scientists are checking if the variant may be more infectious or less affected by vaccines

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
A 'double mutation' happens when two different mutated strains of a particular virus come together, forming a third strain. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • The strain was first reported in Nagpur, Maharashtra back in December, 2020
  • Maharashtra has seen the most number of cases emerging from the strain, at 206
  • The variant is the result of a mutation between the California strain and an indigenous strain

Several mutation in coronavirus have put a damper on fight against the virus.(Representational/Pixabay)

  • The variants have been detailed in a yet to be peer-reviewed study that was published on Sunday
  • The mutations have been found by scientists conducting genetic sequencing on positive COVID-19 tests
  • Many questions are still unanswered like how contagious the variants actually are