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JAKARTA – Indonesian health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Wednesday that two cases were first identified in India for a highly infectious Covid- 19 variant in the capital of Jakarta (May 3).

“There were two new mutations that entered. One from India, with two incidents in Jakarta, and one from South Africa in Bali,” Mr Budi told a virtual conference. Another official confirmed the two cases were the B1617 variant, first detected in India.

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Indonesia stopped issuing visas last week to foreigners that were in India 14 days earlier. Similarly, on Sunday after imposing a ban on Indian flights, Malaysia detected its first case. India is fighting a second devastating coronavirus wave that has plagued hospitals, morgues and crematoria.

It was defined “a variable of interest” by the World Health Organization, suggesting that it can have transmissibility, more serious diseases or immunity to the virus. The World Health Organisation’s response As for variants first detected in the UK, Brazil and South Africa, the WHO has not declared the Indian variant a “differentiating concern”

However, its early modeling, based on genome sequencing, suggested that B1617 had a higher rate of growth than other variants in India.

Source: Reuters

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