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New Covid-19 variant triggers alert in India: Govt to tighten Covid testing for tourists

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COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the active cases stand at 1,10,133, the Union Health Ministry said today. As many as 488 people have succumbed to the COVID-19 infection in the country in the last 24 hours.

On Friday, the UK Health Security Agency said the new variant has a spike protein that was dramatically different to the one in the original coronavirus that COVID-19 vaccines are based on.

And it could make existing vaccines less effective. Britain has banned flights from six African countries and asked returning British travellers from those destinations to quarantine. New Covid variant B.1.1.529 The new variant, identified as B.1.1.529, carries a high number of mutations in its spike protein, which plays a key role in the virus’

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