Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allowing vaccination for younger people of the state urgently as 81% of Covid samples in Punjab reflected infection by the virus variant of the United Kingdom (UK). Singh said that an extremely virulent form of the virus, the B117 is largely affecting younger people of the state. According to Singh, the Covishield vaccine is found to be effective against the UK virus variant.
Punjab has recently conducted Genome sequencing on 401 samples that showed 81% samples were from the B117 virus. This variant had started spreading in the UK since November and now comprises 98% of the new cases in the UK and 90% in Spain. The UK authorities have said that the mutant strain is up to 70% more infectious than the virus that originated in China’s Wuhan.
The novel coronavirus count has been rising in the state over the last few weeks. It is showing a similar trend in seven other states in the country. The resurgence of the virus as identified as the emergent second wave of Covid in the country was set off by mutant forms of the virus, according to observations by experts.