Delta+K417N Variant Affected Nearly 100 Everest Climbers; detected in US

Story Highlights
  • Delta+K417N- a combination of Indian variant and South African strain
  • 1st detected in Nepal
  • US health experts detect the first case in the country

World: A COVID-19 variant, known as Delta+K417N, first found in Nepal has now been detected in the US, a health expert claims. The Delta+K417N variant is said to be a combination of mutations from the Indian and South African variants.  This combination is said to be deadlier as the Indian variant is transmissible and the South African variant is more invasive of the vaccines. So far, 100 cases of the new combination are reported at the mountaineering base camps. 

 The first report of the Nepalese mutation of the virus was announced in the US during a press conference on Thursday. Some cases have also been identified in India, Japan, Portugal, and the UK.  

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 According to Public Health England (PHE), the new strain is a version of the Indian variant which has acquired new mutations.  Nearly 13 cases were reported in Japan during a hotel quarantine of individuals returning from Nepal.

Nepal permitted thousands of mountaineers into the country for the Everest season this spring. Amongst them, 100 climbers and guides tested positive for the novel virus. 

The outbreak at the mountaineers camp coincided with  Nepal’s second wave of the pandemic, which struck in May.  

The country issued 300 licenses to climbers this year, directing the visitors to isolate three days prior to the visit and test for the virus before arriving at the base camp.

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