Indian hospitals have been overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients in recent weeks, after the Indian variant accelerated infections - and fatalities - across the country.
Weekly averages of hundreds of thousands of infections recently took India's case total above 25 million. And fatalities are approaching 280,000 - although analysts warn it is in fact far higher.
One case of a new COVID-19 variant first detected in India has now been found in the United States. Spotted first by researchers at Stanford University, the variant was found in Northern California.
The Variant in question has two (2) mutations - one similar to the variation found in the strain from California which was spotted in the spiky protein which the virus attaches itself to.
The Indian variant was found in a patient from the San Francisco Bay Area by Stanford's Clinical Virology Laboratory, as reported for example by NBC, citing a spokesperson from Stanford. This marks the first case of the variant in the United States.
The variant was first detected last month by Indian health officials. India had witnessed a slowdown of the spread of COVID-19 in the last few months of 2020. But in March 2021, cases continued to rise across the country, nearing 100,000 daily infections in April 2021.
Cases in California are currently declining after witnessing a surge in the winter months due to which cases increased in November running into the new year.
This relief in terms of numbers has prompted California authorities to begin reopening parts of the state, starting with its most populous county in Los Angeles.
Even then, California is the hardest-hit state in the US, recording more than 3.5 million known infections and 58,000 deaths, as per data from California's health department.
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