India detects novel coronavirus variant

FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective mask walks past a graffiti amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on a street in Navi Mumbai, India, March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s health ministry said on Wednesday that a novel variant of the coronavirus had been detected in the country in addition to many other variants of concern (VOCs) also found abroad.

“Though VOCs and a new double mutant variant have been found in India, these have not been detected in numbers sufficient to either establish a direct relationship or explain the rapid increase in cases in some States,” the health ministry said in a statement.

Reporting by Krishna N. Das and Sachin Ravikumar; Editing by Kim Coghill