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Indian Covid-19 Variant Found In Kampala - UVRI

Indian Covid-19 Variant Found In Kampala – UVRI

The Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) says it has discovered the Indian Covid-19 variant in Kampala.

The Ministry of Health said travelers returning from India returned with the variant also referred to as B. 1 .617. It is said the travelers felt unwell after returning home so they decided to go for a checkup which revealed that they were infected with the variant.

Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu, the executive director of UVRI says they have so far identified one case. This however should be taken as a precaution to be more careful as the ministry is on the lookout for other cases.

‘’We have picked up one case but are still looking for more. We are not yet sure whether the infected person had interacted with other people,’’ Kaleebu said.

According to reports, the country has already registered over 300 cases of variants from different countries. According to scientists, the country has so far registered a total of 6 strains of the coronavirus that have circulated in the population.

The variants include one from South Africa, Nigeria, India, and the UK.

Uganda has registered one new death as a result of the virus, and 31 new cases from tests carried out on April 27. This brought the cumulative confirmed cases to 41,797 along with a total of 342 total deaths.

Currently, the total number of people vaccinated is 321,350 people.

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