USA/UK: 2 separate clades of Delta #coronavirus variant with K417N – AY.1 and AY.2

Through routine scanning of variation in Delta, a small number of sequences were detected which had acquired the spike protein mutation K417N....More...

Nepal: nearly 20% of Delta #coronavirus sequences have K417N mutation – mountaineers variant increasing

The Nepalese Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) said that out of 47 confirmed delta variant samples, nine were found to have K417N mutations.

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UK: Delta with K417N – the “mountaineers” variant – PHE #coronavirus Delta-AY.1 update

Of the 36 cases of Delta-AY.1 (mountaineers) variant, 27 cases were known to have a vaccination status within the National Immunisation Management System (NIMS). ...More...

UK: “Everest climbers could have spread potentially more infectious and vaccine resistant’ variant

So, more of a “Western mountaineers” variant then?

 

Daily Mail story “Everest climbers could have spread ‘potentially more infectious AND vaccine resistant’ Nepal Covid variant

 

The “Nepal Variant” – does it exist or is it just racist fearmongering?

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UK: Grant Shapps – “there’s a sort of Nepal mutation of the so-called Indian variant which has been detected and we just don’t know the potential for that to be a vaccine-defeating mutation”

Grant Shapps, UK Transport Secretary “we’ve seen two things really which caused concern. One is the positivity rate has nearly doubled since the last review in Portugal and the other is there’s a sort of Nepal mutation of the so-called Indian variant which has been detected and we just don’t know the potential for that to be a vaccine-defeating mutation”

Time for a Cabinet reshuffle surely?...More...

Nepal: highest-ever number of new #coronavirus cases in last 24 hours at 9,196

Nepal recorded a total of 9,196 new cases of coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 9,023 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 through the RT-PCR method while 173 have been tested positive through the Antigen method....More...