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There’s a New Virus Variant in India. How Worried Should We Be?

  • The South Asian country is seeing a record surge in infections
  • New variant has already been detected in the U.K. and the U.S
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India Reports More Than 200,000 New Covid-19 Cases
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With India’s daily tally of Covid-19 infections surging by records, public health experts worry that a new -- possibly more virulent -- coronavirus variant could be racing through the crowded nation of more than 1.3 billion people.

The new variant, which has a so-called double mutation, is thought to be fueling India’s deadlier new wave of cases that has made it the world’s second worst-hit country, surpassing Brazil again, and has already begun to overwhelm its hospitals and crematoriums. India has reported more than 14.5 million Covid cases so far and more than 175,600 fatalities.