MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi
MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi

Matters concerning new coronavirus variant a 'developing story': MEA

ANI | Updated: Nov 26, 2021 21:47 IST

New Delhi [India], November 26 (ANI): The matters concerning the new coronavirus variant identified in southern Africa is a "developing story" and WHO has held a meeting on the matter, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday.
"As regards the issue of the South African variant, this is a developing incident. We just saw a report of and briefing by WHO. I don't have any immediate information on the steps we are taking. It is an issue more for our health authorities. This is a very developing story," MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said at the weekly briefing.
He was responding to a query about the new variant labelled as B.1.1.529 by scientists
The World Health Organisation (WHO) held a meeting on Friday to discuss the newly-identified COVID-19 variant.
WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier said after the meeting that early analysis shows that this variant has a large number of mutations that require and will undergo further study.
"It'll take a few weeks for us to understand what impact this variant has. Researchers are working to understand more," she said.
The variant was first detected in South Africa this week and scientists there have said B.1.1.529 has a large number of mutations.
As per reports, there could be between 30 to 50 mutations in the spike protein of the B.1.1.529 variant. (ANI)